The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 20, 2013

Danville proactive against crime spread

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

— DANVILLE — Neighborhood Watch members learned about the “broken windows theory” at a recent meeting.

Danville Police Chief Eric Gill explained the theory means if a neighborhood or city doesn’t fix its broken windows or clean up its graffiti, the area will become a home for crime, chaos and violence.

He said the borough has codes and a code administrator to enforce them.

“We have proactive police, code enforcement and a watch program,” watch coordinator David Pebley said.

“We will continue to pursue education and instruction aimed at identifying drug activity. We will continue to seek the involvement of younger people in our program,” Pebley said.

With the Danville area shifting from an ownership community to a rental community, watch members learned traffic has increased dramatically, along with that the running of red lights and stop signs, ignoring of speed limits and signs and disregarding of pedestrians in Danville.

Police plan a crackdown on speeding and ignoring of traffic signals and signs.

Watch members were reminded Danville Borough Council recently adopted a new peddling ordinance which requires peddlers to have a permit. Residents should ask to see the permit and report it if they don’t have a permit.

Among those attending the meeting included mayor-elect Bernie Swank, councilman-elect John Rodman and councilman Max VonBlohn.

Neighborhood Watch will not meet in December.

The next meeting date will be announced in early January.

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