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Luzerne officials warn of vehicle break-ins

Recent incidents on Walnut Street provoke increased police patrols, chief says.

May 09. 2013 11:44PM

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Luzerne council will meet at 7 p.m. June 12.

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LUZERNE — Members of the Borough Council and police department reminded residents during Wednesday’s council meeting to lock their vehicle doors and to be aware of suspicious activity in neighborhoods throughout the community.

The warning came in response to concerns from residents regarding recent automobile break-ins on Walnut Street.

Luzerne Borough Police Chief Patty O’Donnell said the police have stepped up daily patrols in the area, taking care to avoid regularity. While she expressed her disappointment over the crimes, she pointed to recently solved cases and the fact that the number of recent burglaries in Luzerne is far less those in nearby Swoyersville and Forty Fort

In other police news, the council delayed a vote to purchase new computer and GPS equipment for three borough police vehicles.

Although the purchase of the equipment had been previously discussed and agreed upon by the council members, several took issue with potentially misleading and confusing listings on an invoice for the proposed purchase.

Furthermore, there were questions as to who will install the equipment and at what cost.

The new computerized systems are intended to equip emergency responders with greater information-sharing and response capabilities during times of crisis. Many area communities are seeking out such enhancements in response to the flooding of 2011.

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