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Manchester Police Department forum features community support
Last September, more than 100 people crowded into the Officer Michael Briggs Community Center/Manchester Police Athletic League on Beech Street shortly after a rash of nearly 250 burglaries in the months of July and August.
“Even last year, we considered it a good meeting,” he said. “We can’t worry about whether it’s going to be a happy meeting or angry. We can’t worry about that. We have to have these meetings.”
Mara said police have stepped up enforcement, hoping to keep this July being a repeat of last year’s burglary numbers. Part of the way police do that, he said, is holding such community forums, where not only can residents ask questions, but they receive a home and personal security tutorial by Officer Paul Rondeau.
Thieves, Rondeau said, hate noise and attention and, more likely than not, will not break a window to get into a house or car.
Rondeau told the audience that police patrols can only do so much and need help from residents who are willing to call police to report suspicious activity.
Mara told the group that Manchester is, when compared to many other cities, a safe community, but that keeping a criminal element out will take work from police and the community at large.
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