Kittanning Police Chief Warns of Holiday Crime

Kittanning Police Chief Bruce Mathews outlined precautions to avoid criminal activity this holiday season. (2017 KP File Photo)

Kittanning Borough Police Chief Bruce Mathews warned of increased criminal activity during the holidays.

“As a reminder to our residents, track your packages. If packages are delivered to your home, make arrangements to have them set out of sight. A simple note on the door to move packages left or right goes a long way.

“Make sure you lock your vehicle. Don’t have anything in plain sight. Don’t leave valuables or gifts in vehicles. Lock them in your trunk or take them with you.

“Be aware of your surroundings (when you are out shopping). At this day and age with the cell phone and technology, people are not as aware of what is going on around them. They are constantly on their phones.”

“Holidays don’t end December 26. Be cautious of what you throw out. Break down the large boxes. Don’t advertise your purchases by leaving the boxes by the garbage cans.”

Chief Mathews said his officers answered 291 calls during November – a noticeable decrease from an average of nearly 400 calls per month.

During Monday’s Council meeting, Mathews publicly thanked the Kittanning Eagles for their donation of $2,600 for portable radios. The current radios are at the end of their life cycle. Effective on January 1, 2018, parts will no longer be available from the manufacturer. In addition, a possible change could occur requiring radios to be encrypted to meet PSP standards. County grants typically only cover radios mounted inside the police car. The Eagles donation lightened the load on an already strapped 2018 budget in Kittanning Borough.

Council also voted to extend the time required for new police officer Philip Young to move into the Borough. By union contract, new officers must re-locate into the Borough within six-months of being hired. After a lengthy discussion, Council deviated from the contract and gave Young an additional six months to make Kittanning his home by a vote of 5-3.


49 comments on “Kittanning Police Chief Warns of Holiday Crime
  1. Marc says:

    What’s more funny than this thread? Jenny’s 2017 criminal record and Mark’s oddly fierce defense of it.

  2. jd718 says:

    The watchdog Creeper returns! he he he…

  3. mark says:

    Marci, just trolling and enjoying the show! Laughing to hard to type!!

  4. blutoblutarsky says:

    He’s gotten away with having an open sewer between his lips for years.

  5. opie2 says:

    Next he will be handed papers for having an open sewer around his house. Here we go again!

  6. mary02 says:

    A moat with a drawbridge and alligators…

  7. Rainbow Rider says:

    Still waiting jenny. Please explain to us all what constitutes impersonating an officer of the law in ” I’m a concerned citizen “. ???? Well?

  8. Marc says:

    Jenny and “mark” have abandoned thread. They must be out digging the moat around Jenny’s property.

  9. Rainbow Rider says:

    WUmarkSS , ” And Jorn can defend himself, he certainly doesn`t need ME to irritate you kids. Just look back over the KP history. ”
    You better seek some help for your condition, he’s 0 for about a thousand.

  10. steve says:

    Touché Opie, touché.

  11. Rainbow Rider says:

    Jeee-nyyyyy , oh jeeee- nyyyyyy . I’m still waiting for you to show us all how Wolfe impersonated an officer of the law! Where are you jenny? He said “I’m a concerned citizen ” right? Now show us where in that sentence he claimed to be an officer of the law!
    He said he is a concerned citizen, as we all should be! At least those of us who aren’t criminals!
    I’m waiting…..

  12. opie2 says:

    Steve, I doubt Santa would drop that down their chimneys. Santa knows they are full of that already.

  13. steve says:

    Opie, at the rate Jenny and Mark are going Santa may put a lump of something else down their chimney.

  14. mad-2010 says:

    “To paraphrase the Buddha – It’s a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”

  15. jd718 says:

    “And Jorn can defend himself, he certainly doesn`t need ME to irritate you kids. Just look back over the KP history.”
    Yeah Right, Your boy has been taken down on many legitimate issues over years! You can stop with the yarns too many of us have been here for awhile and know better.

  16. mad-2010 says:

    @ Rainbow, If the second rate surrogate keeps using terms like bennies and read and comprehend someone might think he’s the jenny! Or, just the KP Creeper! lol

  17. mad-2010 says:

    There’s nothing like a second rate surrogate to bluster a first rate liar!

  18. blutoblutarsky says:

    Opie, that would be a major dilemma for Mark. He’d have to decide if the depends would go over or under his dunce cap.

  19. mark says:

    Oh, no deflection “Mary”, quite the opposite! Keep those cards and letters coming! And YOU, “Mary” aren`t the non-binary poster I speak of. Care to venture a guess? Hmmm? El Oh El! And Jorn can defend himself, he certainly doesn`t need ME to irritate you kids. Just look back over the KP history. Like leading sheep. And he`s the sheepherder. Now where`s the “Wolf”? He`s out there among us too… he he he.

  20. opie2 says:

    Mark we never knew you quit wearing depends on the first place. Try wearing them on your head. Maybe this would straighten your brain out and quit standing up for that moron.

  21. mary02 says:

    Mark wants to deflect from the gunslinger issue at hand and randomly bring gender issues into this. Non-binary? Oh no, a virtual bullet!

  22. mark says:

    OMG kids! Don`t stop! This bickering/name calling has taken me from my winter depression and given me reason to get up each morning and RUN to see what childish comments you all have thought up for Jorn this time! I`ve said before, you can`t BUY entertainment like this! I`m close to wearing Depends so I don`t have to get up and MISS something! What a bunch you guys, and we also have a girl hiding behind an non-binary name. Keep it up as I`m sure the moderators are loving it also. Over base. El Oh El!

  23. Rainbow Rider says:

    jenny , did you read my most recent comment? Did you notice how , according to you , Wolfe did not identify himself as an officer of the law? He said “I’m a concerned citizen “. This is according to you. Do you get it yet? By your own words he didn’t do what you’ve accused him of doing! You’ve accused him of impersonating an officer of the law three times and also admitted that he didn’t do it!!

  24. Marc says:

    What evil geniuses! They accurately predicted Jenny would assault someone and pull out a gun when a piece of paper was handed to him.
    You better have some land mines and RPG’s ready in case some teenagers toilet paper your house. All of that paper! Think about it! It just sends chills down your spine, right?

  25. mad-2010 says:

    Actually, drive-by shootings go way back to the 70’s and beyond. Gangs is the 20’s did drive-by shootings in Chicago (Al Capone) gangs. Also, in the Miami cocaine wars in the70’s. The Klan did drive-by shootings, also.
    By the time jenny got done dodging the bullets they would be gone before he got a shot off! lol

  26. opie2 says:

    Next there will a tall chain link fence with barbed wire around his property and guard shacks on all four corners. This should keep all of Santa’s elves at bay so they don’t break into his bunker. I feel sorry for the mailman and newspaper carrier.

  27. mary02 says:

    Oh, I am catching on. I see that you are looking for someone to blame for your overreaction In wanting to pistol whip a nuisance, not a violent predator.

  28. Resident says:

    I remember a time when drive-by shootings could’ve been considered an ‘in thing’ back in the ’90s. There were certain Pittsburgh neighborhoods where gang members would drive around without headlights on and if you flashed your lights at them they would open up on you with gunfire. It was on the news at least a half a dozen times. This may have been happening in Youngstown and New Castle areas too. Youngstown went threw a period of car bombings (Youngstown Tune-up) when the Mafia from Pittsburgh and Cleveland where fighting over it. It earn the nicknames Bomb City, USA, and Murdertown USA.

  29. Rainbow Rider says:

    Lying pantywaist jensen , that’s 3 times you’ve accused Wolfe of impersonating an officer of the law. Now read carefully… On one of YOUR OWN POSTS that was deleted by your protector, YOU said the following.
    You asked him, ” BY WHAT AUTHORITY ARE YOU HERE? ” He answered , ” I’M A CONCERNED CITIZEN “…get it? You said his answer to that question was ” I’m a concerned citizen ” . Now where in blue blazes do you come up with the idea of him impersonating an officer of the law??? Remember now, these are your own words I’ve stated.
    Oh, and this is not an “attack”

  30. Rainbow Rider says:

    I don’t know what the pantywaist is so afraid of. The only crimes I hear about in West Franklin Township are the ones he commits!

  31. jd718 says:

    “Back when drive-by shootings were the ‘in thing’,” That’s pretty funny. Unless you and old Paul were in the game selling drugs I’d say you both were safe from drive-by shootings! LOL Reality jenny, Reality, Please…

  32. Marc says:

    Opie, Christmas caroling means there’d be multiple intruders. Jenny may have to call in the National Guard.

  33. Marc says:

    Jensen, you said ” Back when drive-by shootings were the ‘in thing’, Paul and I had a conversation about that.”
    When were drive by shootings the “in thing”????? Do you have data to back that statement up? This Paul Cox person was probably just an imaginary friend of yours.

  34. jorn jensen says:

    and Mary02, that man was never in harm’s way doing what he did – even driving past a keep out sign and impersonating an officer of the law. The whole thing was a scam put together by Joe Close, Daryl Lewis, Chucky Pascal (Armstrong County democrat committee chair) and Dave Wolfe.

    Let me know when you catch on…..

  35. opie2 says:

    I’ll say Christmas caroling could end up on a sour note

  36. blutoblutarsky says:

    Rainbow, Maybe Santa will bring Jenny a panic room for Xmas. haha

  37. blutoblutarsky says:

    Mary02, That must have been an extremely polite intruder… knocking on the door and all.

  38. Rainbow Rider says:

    jenny hides behind his inadequate signs and his security system. I hope no Christmas carolers show up at his place!!!

  39. mary02 says:

    That elderly man shot and killed a real intruder that smashed a window out to gain access to his home. He didn’t knock on the door to give him a paper.

  40. steve says:

    Jenny- Someone breaking into your house is a little different than when you pretended to be scared of someone after you attempted to intimidate them for handing you a piece of paper.
    You better put a sign out early this year to ward off those scary Girl Scouts. It’s almost cookie selling season.

  41. Marc says:

    Santa will be safe this year. Remember, one has to go into three days of hiding after someone knocks on your door. He may climb out of his bunker in enough time to give the Easter bunny a good thrashing.

  42. jorn jensen says:

    Did you creepy clowns see where the 85 year old guy, in Ellport, PA, shot and killed one home intruder at 1:30 AM while the other one got away?

    That’s why we have property rights, invasion of privacy rights and Castle Doctrine rights.

    Let’s see how that case goes.

    A friend and employee, Paul Cox, now deceased, lived in Ellport. Back when drive-by shootings were the ‘in thing’, Paul and I had a conversation about that. He said, “Drive-by shootings will not be an issue in Ellport – the first case will yield a 10X return fire and it will end abruptly.” Perhaps Paul had a crystal ball.

  43. Rainbow Rider says:

    He’ll probably tell Santa to ” get your fat A– off my property ” !!!

  44. opie2 says:

    I don’t know but, if I was Santa delivering that lump of coal I would be afraid of getting pistol whipped and shoved out the door with that lump of coal up his keister.

  45. opie2 says:

    That’s #1. Lol.

  46. Marc says:

    It’s probably safe to say that if you pointed a gun at someone, got charged with a crime or threatened to run people over with your car this year… you’ll be getting a lump of coal. 😉

  47. opie2 says:

    Hey Rainbow? I wonder if there is a list of people on this comment section that is getting a lump of coal for Christmas.

  48. opie2 says:

    The Creepy Clowns are alive and well in Clown Kingdom. Thanks for asking.

  49. Rainbow Rider says:

    How about those creepy clowns?

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