Fitchburg mayor eyes camera upgrade at police HQ after break-in
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#1 Mar 19, 2013
Fitchburg mayor eyes camera upgrade at police HQ after break-in
By Katina Caraganis , [email protected] se.com
Posted: 03/19/2013 06:32:14 AM EDT
FITCHBURG -- Mayor Lisa Wong is looking to upgrade the video-surveillance camera system at the city's police station after the building was burglarized last month.
Wong said Monday afternoon that she and police officers are working together to find the best option that will work for the station.
Sgt. Glenn Fossa said upgrades to the system could cost anywhere from $300 to $300,000.
"It's really hard to say for sure right now how much this would cost," Fossa said. "There is a system in place, obviously, so whatever work was done, it's just adding on to what we already have."
The Police Department has increased security twice over the past few years, first adding doors and locks when the new community room was announced, and again after the arrest of a local woman found in the hallway at the police station over a year ago, according to Fossa.
On Feb. 26, just before 3:30 a.m., a suspect broke the window of an exterior security door and entered the hallway on the first floor. The break was discovered at 3:34 a.m., when dispatch received a phone call from a neighbor who saw the broken window.
A vest, an overcoat and a replica of a police motorcycle in a glass display case were taken during the break, Fossa said.
City Councilor Dean Tran said he is pleased to see the police are taking the necessary steps to ensure that nothing like this happens again.
"I'm glad we're making updates to our surveillance and that we've learned
from our mistakes or negligence, as criminals are more brazen nowadays," Tran said. "Any time we talk about security and public safety, we have to make the investment and find the funds, and I do believe we have the means to do so."
Tran said he is "very concerned" that police have not made an arrest in connection to the break-in.
"The police building has to lead by example, that is, providing the proper security to its building," he said. "If we can't protect the police station, how do the people of Fitchburg expect us to protect them? Furthermore, I have confidence in our police officers to make progress in this situation."
City Councilor Joel Kaddy said he has faith in the officers conducting the investigation.
"I think it's time to figure it out and get whoever did it off the streets," he said. "It's just an unusual circumstance, and I'm sure they'll get it figured out."
Fossa said detectives are still poring through evidence and surveillance footage. He said they hope to make an arrest soon.
"We're definitely out in front of this," he said. "Although we do have some witnesses that have come forward, we do encourage folks to engage with their local police department regardless of what the information may be. Right now, we're looking at all the possibilities, but witnesses statements seem to point that the suspect fled the scene on foot."
Katina Caraganis on Twitter @kcaraganis.
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#2 Mar 19, 2013
They should put the surveillance tape on Utube and on FATV for tips.
We must begin to realize that crime is high in Fitchburg. It is good that a neighbor called. We need to encourage more involvement from the community.
I think the courts need to get more pro-active. Such as graffiti, when caught the perp should have to erase graffiti within Fitchburg and not for just 2-3 hrs. They should have to complete weeks of work within Fitchburg.
#3 Mar 19, 2013
I wouldn't want to be a cop in Fitchburg dealing with all the drug addicts and crazy people. I guess that's why I'm not a cop. They are trained to restrain criminals, if I had a gun I would just shoot them. BLAM BLAM problem solved. If you don't like it don't do drugs and break into peoples houses.
#4 Mar 19, 2013
A 3AM burlary at the FPD suggests a better investment is an alarm clock or a clock radio to keep the payroll patriots awake.
#5 Mar 19, 2013
There are addicts in Fitchburg and crazy people. The mental health facilities have been closed down for years and cases are increasing.
Being an officer in Fitchburg could be a very rewarding job. First there needs to be proper management and education. Let me give you an example. A known drug addict was standing in front of Tedeschis not doing anything wrong. Two cruisers pulled up and searched him. I do not agree with this search as I feel that it is illegal unless someone called.
Then three teenaged kids came around the corner went into the store and stopped briefly on the side of Tedeschis. The two cruisers and another cruiser pulled up and told them to move on. I don't agree with this as it is working against the building of a community.
I am not saying to kiss the kids asses but at least treat them with respect. All the female officer did was create three kids who were disrespected by officers turn to dislike officers.
Why not pull up and get out and begin to talk to them like, hey guys who is everything going? Then say, hey take it easy and stay out of trouble guys. Even state , if you ever need anything let me know.
Officers need to treat these kids with respect so when they pull up they will see the ones who shy away and have a guilty conscience. You don't want all the kids to walk away then you will not see who the law breakers are and it makes the job of figuring it out tougher. Some of those kids want to be police officers.
Now there is a difference , if these kids were blocking pedestrian traffic or bothering someone then Yes approach them and tell them that you need not to bother people and that behavior will get them arrested.
We need to stop drug dealing and to stop gangs. Our youth are going to gangs and drugs like never before.
As a society we need good law enforcement. Cooperation will go so much further. Law enforcement plays a crucial way in the community. We need good law enforcement to build a good community, without it we cannot build anything but a war zone where no one is safe.
#6 Mar 19, 2013
Heard Lisa may be the culprit looking for some cookies to munch on. Isn't it fit and fun in Fitchburg
#7 Mar 19, 2013
When I see multiple cars with flashing blue lights on the roof I always pull up because I think they are an ice cream truck. Keep up the good work Lynch you know your stuff and Tedeshcis convenient store will bring in billions to the city.
#8 Mar 19, 2013
There is always another side to the story that most people don't know about. The person standng in front of Tedeschis most likely was reported dealing drugs at the time. He may have had a "no trespassing" order on him from Tedeschis.
Was the police already looking or this indvidual for another crime that he committed at another location or at a previous time and date?
The police do treat people with respect but remember when dealing with people committing or reported for possible criminal activity a cop needs to be assertive and to appear as a authoritative figure in character too as most criminals and most kids today are not intimidated by a police uniform.
#9 Mar 19, 2013
Rather than donate to your sure fire loser campaign I wrote out a check to the Policeman's Association.
#10 Mar 19, 2013
You can write a check to the association but I bet you didn't!! People like you lie often.
#11 Mar 19, 2013
No one should feel intimidated, is that the goal? This only causes problems. The police are not the authority as they are lawmen. They are equals with a job in law enforcement.
You are really lost!
#13 Mar 20, 2013
So a drug dealer is standing outside a store waiting to sell drugs to kids and you consider that building a community? What is wrong with you?
#14 Mar 20, 2013
No, the drug addict was bumming change in order to get a fix. That kid is an addict now, yes he use to deal. The other kids were just kids as two had braces on their teeth.
Instead of a conversation you play defense all the time. No one is stating that the police are bad. It is approach. I can not agree with their approach as being legal or illegal. This is what a jury does you know!
You have to play everything like a chess game, plan every move two to three moves ahead. Such as with drug investigations, you need to follow the addicts and the dealers. Learn there moves.
#15 Mar 20, 2013
Here's why I can't understand you. You see people having fun and a car show and you are compelled to stop and break it up. But then you will drive buy someone illegaly solicitating money on private property and looking for drugs and you just drive by?
#16 Mar 20, 2013
You are just trying to start trouble. I am not going to feed in, do what you want. Why can't you just conversate? Have an open mind and join the conversation.
#17 Mar 20, 2013
#18 Mar 20, 2013
You have to look that one up in the 'Urban dictionary'. Enough said.
#19 Mar 20, 2013
Definition of conversate :.
1.(v.) To make conversation. An uncommon phrase used to suggest the start of a conversation while making others believe one is smarter than they truely are.
Example: Excuse us while we escape to the vestibule and conversate for a short time.
#21 Mar 20, 2013
I hope that we aren't just over reacting to that break in at the police station. The whole break in thing may have been a misunderstanding. Perhaps an off duty intoxicated lawman, for example; pulled off this heist. Perhaps in his intoxicated state; he knew that he was, in fact, at the police station but in his drunken stupor he had forgotten how to properly enter the fortress. Or, perhaps this is the shenanigan's of a prankster on the police department who was just trying to add a little fun to everyday life at the station house. We all know that not very long ago, Captain Kearns pointed a loaded revolver at a fellow officer and it was explained as being nothing more than a well intended prank. Perhaps that prankster Kearns is back to his fun loving ways and in his folly he, himself, is behind what appears to be an outright crime. That Kearns is a joker alright, so I would not put it past him.
At any rate, if we ARE going to install cameras over at the police station, I strongly recommend that a couple of cameras are installed in the Evidence Room, as well as near the entrances to the Evidence Room. That way, if drugs somehow vanish while they are stored there; we can all look at the footage and we can all figure out who the culprit or the culprits are.
If we are going to do it; lets do it right. Get cameras in the Evidence Room while we are doing the front lobby.
#22 Mar 20, 2013
I looked up conversate on Yahoo and the Urban Dictionary says it's a word used by backward, ignorant, illiterate inner city trash who mean to say converse. They didn't have your picture but maybe they should consider it.
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