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Speeding Car (screeching tires, revving engine)

Did any one hear that crazy sound up around Union St./Howland Ave. at about 3:30 am. It woke me up out of a dead sleep and continued long enough for me to get changed and go outside. I called the police and they said that somebody had just called in an accident but did they did not give the Po-Po a location. If there was an incident hopefully it makes the paper. I know there was just and article in the Pojo that said lock your car in Beacon. But no specifics were reported, My neighbors car was ransacked twice in one week around 9pm (while he was home). A car(from Beacon) was stolen smashed up and left on the side of the road in New Windsor two weeks ago. One of the workers at ZuZu's ran over a guy with his car as the guy tried to attack him with a knife for refusing to give him a smoke (Thursday I think). I'm writing this in the context that I have lived in much less safe areas before and I understand that Beacon is probably just as safe as Wappingers Falls or any other local city. Even though most of these incidents are non-violent, it would be nice to know the locations of some of these incidents. If anyone is thinking of moving to Beacon don't let this post scare you (There is no area in the whole city that I would not feel safe in at 3am).

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Comment by Leroy Williams on May 29, 2009 at 12:50pm
Maybe i'm just old school but when I was growing up It used to be the neighborhood that kept things in check. If I did something wrong My neighbors would come out and tell me about it before they told my parents. The police can not be every where, nor can they sit in one spot. The only thing I wish the police would do more about is the loud music we hear from these cars. That is something they can just open there windows and find. People wake up, we have a new generation that does not care or respect anything. I have in Beacon for about 13 years, in that time I had posted flyers for people to pick up after there dogs. I also posted video of people littering and just plain old dumping on are streets. You want a town to proud of? Be more pro active and stop waiting for somone else to clean up your neigborhood. The police can only do so much. Didn't want to put cameras on my house but I rather spend money on security so when somthing does happen, I have some kind of proof. Look at how many crimes are solved by cameras on the streets, in hall ways, buildings stores. Not to mention its only the really really stupid ones that break in or do somthing illegal when they see cameras.
FYI. 2 last things
1) Even a fake dummy camera works.
2) I'm not going back to proof read or spell check so deal with it.
Comment by shawn peterson on May 28, 2009 at 3:35pm
At about 3-3:30 am my neighbors car was totalled by a hit-and-run driver on East Main below Howland, the driver sped off leaving behind beer cups.
Comment by GA on May 28, 2009 at 2:35pm
All due respect to the police (my brother-in-law was one), but the local force unfortunately seems to be one of the all too typical 'out for the money' variety, as opposed to the 'public service' variety. I live on Main, and parked there the night before the recent dog parade. Late to arrive home from work, things to unload, it's very handy to park in front of your door. No signs were posted at 2am, but upon coming back down the next day, the car was long gone. Found a cop who told me with a pleasant smile that signs were posted at 3am! What do they expect? Of course, it's obvious - they expect to make money, at the expense of screwing the local populace. And not just on the tickets - I was towed by Cervone's, but only found that out after they had closed for the day - the towing was $85, plus $25 per day for "storage" (had to wait until they reopened on Monday), and was without a car for work all weekend. When I quizzed the guys at Cervone's if it would have cost $85 to tow my car the same 1 1/2 miles if it had simply broken down, they said it would have of course been less - but explained that this price was because of it being a contract with the city. I asked what that had to do with anything, since it was ME who had to pay, and there was really no answer. I (half joking) asked if the city was getting a taste of the fee, and..., well let's just say the guy didn't do anything to convince me otherwise. Can anyone say 'racketeering'? At least the ticket was only $25 - not like when it snows at 2am, the city posts a no-parking sign and 3am, and gives you a $100 ticket at 4am (this has happened to several other folks I've talked to.) I know we should all be good citizens and set our alarms to ring once an hour in the wintertime just to be sure, but...
Comment by Laura McShane on May 27, 2009 at 8:39am
as for the police blotter, it is public record. some cities publish their weekly police reports; however, you can walk in and ask to see it anytime.
Comment by Anthony Rosa on May 26, 2009 at 4:39pm
Didn't hear that noise, but I am used to waking up at 3 AM with cars racing down to Wolcott on SVS. Car got side swiped. Change stolen out of glove box. Keyed doors, etc. I'm a little bored of it. The police basically tell me that there is nothing they can do. Seems like there aren't enough cops. I guess a surveillance camera needs to be put in.
Comment by Shelly Prokop on May 25, 2009 at 10:01pm
i've definitely noticed a bit more ruckus around town. anyone on main with skylights, keep them closed, at least overnight. last week i noticed some foot traffic on my roof in the middle of the night. originally, i thought it was neighbors from one side connecting with friends socializing outside on the other side of me, until someone was poking around at my open skylight (last sun around 345am). last night around 4am, i received a visitor again with a flashlight at my closed skylight. just turning lights on deterred whoever it was, but i will be notifying the police. whistles as i write this, nice. i won't be getting much sleep tonight.
Comment by Millie C. on May 25, 2009 at 1:14pm
If you complain enough, action will be taken. The stop sign on the corner from us was constantly being run through, now there is a cop car strategically placed at various times to catch them.
Comment by Dana Devine O'Malley on May 25, 2009 at 12:41pm
i agree with welsey, the police should do more. there has been more and more crazy cars stuff going on since i have been here for three years. they should post cars at "hot spots" and not expect people video them. i know they were trying to better relations btw the police and the communtity but i'm not sure what is going on with that. seems to be some disconnect.
Comment by wesley ortiz on May 25, 2009 at 12:13pm
WOWZAH!! i did not hear the commotion, but i hear all that shhhii---noise all of the time! i live right on main street and it sounds like a freakin' NASCAR tryout or something! i do think the police should do more to stop all this incessant noise and disturbance, but i don't ever see anyone getting stopped or cited for all this...
Comment by Paula King on May 25, 2009 at 10:54am
we also heard what sounded like a car hitting another car at the same time and live one block off east main. it was extremely loud. if you hear anything else, we'd love to know what happened.

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