Friday, February 24, 2012

Be Careful WHERE You Go

   
Robbery: According to police reports, a victim “interrupted an exchange” behind Perry’s Pizza on Dewey Avenue. A man brandished a gun at the victim and took the victim’s car keys on Feb. 9.

SCATS ~~ Seems to me that the entire area that we refer to as Dewey/Stone has become a haven for criminals with weapons, especially guns. All of this DESPITE increased police patrols. Don't look now, but the problem has spread all the way to Mt. Read Blvd. and the kids from the east side will become Odyssey's new schoolmates ;)
 

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is adjacent to the chinese restaurant parking lot that had a robbery last week. It is really "Dewey/Stone since it is at the corner of Dewey/Stone. Why are the church parking lots (less than 200 ft away) there untouched by this mayhem? Higher authority or unreported? Time to sell the Barnard building before the property values catch up with the crime statistics in this land of denial.
Maybe it is also time for foot patrols or horse officers. Any contributors?

And what is up with the spooky scooby-doo letters floating for verification? Ruh-Roh.

SCATS said...

To 10:33AM ~~ The church has few activities except on Sundays ... maybe the crooks know those folks dropped their $$ in the church before heading out to their cars.

GPD is already doing extra patrols and is using bicycles in this area. I'm not sure if the temp has to be in the 80s or not though ...

Sorry about the word verification issues. I can turn it on or off, that's it. I tried a few days with it off and got tons of spam comments ... off-the-wall stuff or in foreign languages/alphabets. How it appears is up to Blogspot. At least they got rid of the inkspot background. I couldn't read half of them with that.

Anonymous said...

This is my last try for a while to try to get past the word verification. (Try # 6)

Anonymous said...

We might as well get used to it ,the new residents ofthis area and others are former city dwellers.They represent a different culture that Greece is not used to or prepared to deal with.
The minority population of town now stands at 12 percent. Put another way that equates to a figure of about
12,000 minority residents. Unfortunately some in this group bring with them the problems that exist in the city.
With all due respect to our local cops, they lack the experience to effectively deal with these problems.Remember, the trouble makers among them are extremely Street Smart. This fact makes them a real challenge For our guys ywho never had to deal with this
Culture And Guns on the streets of Greece.

Anonymous said...

Still almost illegible

SCATS said...

To 11:12AM & 2:23 PM ~~ You don't always have to get it 100% correct to get your comment accepted. Also, if your eyes aren't good, there is another option. Here are suggestions from Blogspot:

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SCATS said...

To 11:25AM ~~ Not only do they lack experience, but they (starting with Chief Todd) lack the backbone to call a gang a gang! Political pressures still control our PD, right Jack?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the residents new or long term are not the perpetrators. I doubt they are strolling from their apartments on Bennington or house on Florida to rob across from the stop and go. Most of the burglars are from other areas like Brighton or the city. And in some cases burglars are young adults from middle class greece families.
The problem in some cases comes from the impression to anyone that rides through that area that maybe no one cares. It looks very much like a ghost town in that area from dewey stone to the railroad tracks. Even the funeral home looks abandoned as well as the strip across from the Dollar general that is always getting robbed. It looks vulnerable. So the criminals know that no one is watching. The chase bank in that area on dewey has bullet proof glass for the tellers just like a pawn shop. As the economy worsens coupled with unemployment that has let over qualified people take lower paying jobs that used to be held by less qualified, crime is seen as a way to earn a wage. Maybe Wegmans is thanking walmart for getting onto northgate so they could leave Britton Rd without the outcry of abandoning a lower economy area.

anonymous said...

Greece isn't the only town going through this, look at ghetto irondequiot, parts of East Rochester, Gates and even parts of Brighton. Hard to stop the spread

SCATS said...

To 2:37PM ~~ It may look abandoned partially because so many businesses in that area are now locking their doors and letting customers in after viewing them.

Once Greece Central & St. Charles shuttered the two schools, families no longer were required to come into or out of that area enmasse. It totally changed things, for the worse.

I find it silly that someone spent our money putting a park bench on the corner across from the Barnard library. No one in their right might is going to sit on that busy street corner to read a paper, people-watch or eat their lunch, despite whatever ambiance that bench's appearance might provide.

As for Wegmans, they planned to get out of Britton Rd. for quite sometime. I've said before that Wegmans leaving Dewey Ave. was an ominous sign. It doesn't speak well to anything west of Mount Read Blvd. either. It's just a matter of time.

Anonymous said...

Hilton better be ready for the influx!

Anonymous said...

This town is a mess. I want to move but if someone was looking at my house at 2:00 in the afternoon there is no way in hell they would buy it. Why is it that we are now the minorities, the ones that own homes, pay huge taxes, mow our lawns, etc. What can we do?

Anonymous said...

Those are harder to read than before!

SCATS said...

To 8:35PM ~~ One thing we could do is push the politicians into enforcing codes & laws we already have and making things tighter in other areas that aren't as well controlled. My understanding is that there are a HUGE number of rentals out in the neighborhoods now, that weren't rentals in the past. When you find your neighbors don't own their home, they don't care for it as well.

Anyone else have other ideas?

SCATS said...

To 8:37PM ~~ Then click on the speaker symbol and type the chain of words you hear. It seems you are getting your complaints through, loud & clear! lol

Anonymous said...

I would suggest reaching out to the 4th Ward Councilman Kirk Morris for that area of the Town and get his take as to what the Town is doing for that section of the Town. I bet you more is being done than what the negative comments are suggesting.

SCATS said...

To 9:02PM ~~ I'm not sure but after redistricting, didn't the Dewey corridor shift and become mostly Ward 3? Maybe I misunderstood ...?

Anonymous said...

If the GPD can not get things under control - each officer (including the Chief)should receive a negative evaluation and be put on the process leading to termination. Results are all that matter. I don't want to hear any excuses!

Its the economy, its the minority population, its the culture, blah, blah, blah.

We have no child left behind for our schools - how about no people left behind in our neighborhoods!

Anonymous said...

To the best of my knowledge, there at least 3 rentals in our
Neighborhood. Word hasit that Nothnagle is buying up long term listings and converting them to rentals.

The zoning allows for this in only single family rents. If you have rental in your area and suspect multiple family occupancy, call Code enforcement. Don't stop there. They have a history of blowing complains. Send a letter to the Zoning Board with copies to your Councilman and the Supervisor. Be sure to them certified. Even then your prospects of hearing from one these sources is no sure thing. Why is that? Because they simply don't. Care as well as the fact that they might have to do some actual work to collect a taxpayer provided pay check.

Anonymous said...

It's really sad to see these once proud neighborhoods turn into a large "Trailer Park" along with that,type of mentality. During the daily light hours, take a scenic trip to those areas off Dewey Ave and Stone Rd and see for yourselves,

Anonymous said...

9:55 You forgot one other branch of town gov't to copiy in on those letters, Animal Control. In some situations in my neighborhood action by him would be more appropriate.

Dave Garretson said...

Town Ward boundaries:
Dewey Avenue SOUTH of Stone Rd is in Ward 3, (Andrew Conlon) and extends south to Kodak Park and west to Manitou Rd.
Dewey Avenue NORTH of Stone is in Ward 1, (Shannon O'Keefe) and extends north to the Lake Ontario and west to Long Pond Rd.
Those who advocated for concentrating Dewey Corridor into one ward were ignored by Town Board when the lines were redrawn last year.

Anonymous said...

As a resident of Greece my first priority is Greece, however as I stated before this is not just a Greece issue. This is wide spread in other Towns such as Irondequoit, East Rochester, Gates, parts of Brighton as a matter of fact. It's a county wide issue. Something needs to be done.

SCATS said...

To 4:10AM ~~ That's not such a bad idea. Just as we need to hold teachers accountable, maybe impacting the crime rate should be part of every cop's evaluation.

To 9:55AM ~~ I think the fact there are so many long term listings goes to the fact our houses are assessed way beyond their real-world market value!! This is not supposed to be the case. You're right about Code Enforcement ( they are useless) not doing their jobs. But hey, our assessor oversees the Bldg. Dept. I noticed he has expired elevator stickers all over Greece. Are any of these folks doing their jobs??

To 12:18PM ~~ The problem is so big in Greece (since Greece is the size of a small city anyway) that you need to start on a more local level, while keeping an eye to the county level.

Anonymous said...

9:55 That is only a problem if the owner has divided up the utilities and changed a single into a double or more. Otherwise there is not limit as to how many unrelated by blood people can occupy a house rented or not.
And any double can be rented as a double.
Any single can be rented to a group of friends that share the rent for example. They can't intrude on the life choice of the people that occupy the house. Your idea of a single family can't be imposed on people who live together. So just let the people rent and have all their friends there too. You can't stop it.
It used to be that unrelated people were prohibited from renting in Greece in single family homes but that restriction was lifted at least 20 years ago.