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I have lived in the Chapel Hill area of Boynton Beach for almost 20 years and I have never been afraid until now. The crime here is out of control and we must try and do something about it. There have been almost a dozen robberies in the last month alone. February had 8 Burglaries and 6 car break-ins, all within 1/4 mile of the Chapel Hill entrance on Seacrest. I see sketchy vehicles here everyday, cars and trucks with tinted windows driving down my street, cars that I don't recognise, What are they doing down a dead-end road????? What are they looking for? There are signs saying Culdesac and dead-end!
Definately not looking to buy a house here(Its not like it used to be where you place a for-sale sign in your yard and within 5 minutes theirs a guy in your front yard trying to buy your house. NO!!!! NOT ANYMORE
It seems that even with the increased presence of police officers and the addition of "neighbourhood watch" signs on the side of the road, crime stats continue to climb. In my opinion, police cannot keep up with the amount of calls. They are simply out-manned. Why waste money and time on stupid signs that obviously don't work? a house got robbed the other day right where those signs were installed. Why is it that we can't go back to the drawing board and implement a sure-safe way of preventing these robberies, look at Europe and parts of the Midwest. Satelite offices or sub-stations are housed in the actual neighbourhood. Yes! the city comes in and buys a home as suitable location and transforms the home into a sub-station or satelite police station(usually at the entrance to the neighborhood. Delray Beach did it in the early nineties(deep in the hood) off Atlantic Avenue and it worked there. Why not try it in our cummunity? At least we would have much quicker response times and possibly prevent some or all robberies from occuring. The research that I have done over the past couple months leads me to believe that the majority of the crime is occuring near the entrance to Chapel Hill at Seacrest Blvd and Chapel Hill Blvd and the area off Swinton just south of Mission Hill Rd. Obviously a quick getaway is on the mind of these criminals. The deeper they go into the neighbourhood, the more likely they are of getting caught as the time it takes to get back out of the neighbourhood is increased and ofcourse the amount of roads to leave the scene of the crime are minimised .
I realise that turning a home into a commercial facility takes a tremendous amount of time and money, there will more than likely be objections and termoil over this type of structure in a residential community but I think it will work and over time the air will clear and it will all be forgotten (just like the hospital parking lots) off 4th St behind Bethesda Hospital.
Your thoughts and ideas are valuable so please post and take care
Chapel Hill is one of the best places to live around here, no association or BS rules. We all pretty much take care of our properties and the neighborhood is clean and quiet. I have noticed more police driving around over the past 2 months and I have heard about the break-ins. My mom lives outside of Chattanooga TN and her community has what you are talking about. It actually is quite nice, the police station is a house that has been converted but still looks like a house and it's backyard was converted to a community playground for kids. You actually walk through an archway at the police station to get to the playground. Apparently it has done it's job, they have had almost zero crime there since 07. I think it would work, try convincing the city though.
Thats the problem everywhere! City's do whatever they want, not what you want or what is neccesarily better for society or our community. They do have a habit of building playgrounds in the most awkward of places, this you have going for you! Look at the playground down near the railrd tracks close to SE23rd, I hear the dealers are selling drugs down there every night.
Sounds like a great idea. Sometimes you have to think outside of the box to stir some things up.
Both of my brothers live in Chapel Hill and I have friends that live there.
Several of my neighbors have called FPL and have had them install a security light on their power poles. It's another $8.00 or so a month on your bill. But it sure lights up the yard well! Hopefully it will help keep the crooks away at night. During the day when I'm not at home I crank up the radio.
Cranking the tunes loud while you're not there is a good one, I like this idea. The break-ins are all happening during the day so the night-light thing would not apply. This sub-police-station idea is fantastic, not only would it do it's job but I think it would increase home sales in the neighbourhood. Also allow homeowners walking their dogs or exercising to possibly interact more with our police officers. There are also those folks out there that feel more secure in a gated community, so having this station thing there would now attract these type home-buyers (or maybe some of them)
I heard via the vine that there was talk on this site so I signed-up. Newbie here and yes it's true, We have a slight crime problem in Chapel Hill. Mark, cant agree with you more, lets get the ball and the city rolling. Thers a house near the entrance to CXhapel Hill with a huge backyard that would make the perfect spot for a community playground and a satelite police station. It would stop the burglaries and slow those soccer-moms down in the morning too, OH!!!!!!!!! the soccer-moms, doing 55 in a 25 and talking on the phone. We could use the additional homesales Taxmama, I like it alot, Anyone know someone with the City of Boynton Beach?
I do think that something needs to be done soon. My neighbor was robbed the other day, she walked in on the guy, most frightening thing she ever experienced. If something like this was ok'd, I feel it would definately help our cause, and having a park-like setting is a bonus. The closest park is against 95 and the next one is down at Lake Ida off 9th St. Great idea having a small satelite police station and a park behind it. Even take it another step and add ponds with fish in it, kinda cool for our kids to visit. God knows we need more nature in our lives, too much tv and politics will drive us to the grave. Im IN!!!!!!!!!!!!
The best way to stop burglars is get to know your neighbors and remember that more often than not it is young kids doing the burglaries. They tend to knock on the front door and if someone answers they ask for a fictitious person, have found out that someone is home and will go to the next block. The first time they knock and no one answers, they go around the rear of the residence to break in. Vigilance during the day time by elderly persons on your block is the best defense outside of an alarm or a mighty big dog.
The BBPD has a small type office on the corner of congress and sw23rd, don't know if this is special departmentr or not but it seems its still too far to respond to burglaries in our neighborhood. Unless an officer is driving around here, they might catch the robbers this way. Sgt AJC, sorry but not everyone has a big dog and not all elderly residents pay attention to their neighbors' friends and visitors, specially here they don't really give a s#$&. Most people here work all day so having a PD station of sort or some type community center with cops is the best thing. NOT security guards- please!!!! Security guards are useless. Put a small PD station near the corner of Chapel Hill just like Mark said and I guarantee we'll have no more issues, even add some surveillance cameras. No better way of preventing these criminals from coming in here. If the potential robbers/criminals know there is a PD station at the corner with cameras then their main getaway Rd has been eliminated and they are forced to come up with a back-up plan. More than likely they'll go to another neighborhood. We are definately on the right track, now if we can just get the City to listen.
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