Police patrols in Pennsburg and East Greenville alleys will be increased immediately. At the Upper Perk Police Commission meeting on Monday night East Greenville Mayor Ryan Sloyer asked the Upper Perk Police Department to step up patrols in borough alleys because large groups of teens are congregating and walking in the back streets.
Sloyer said, "Kids are walking in the alleys, not the streets."
Hickory, School and Green alleys are becoming havens for teens, he said. Other police commission members said they are concerned there might be drug activity occurring in the 100 block of School Alley. Additionally, Pennsburg Mayor Vicki Lightcap noted teens are parking in the lot at the former Farmer's Bank on Main Street and Route 663 in Pennsburg, which is private property.
In other matters, Sloyer asked the police commission when warning signs for tractor trailer drivers with rigs greater than 102 inches in length will be posted to deter the oversized trucks from driving through the boroughs.
Sloyer said, "The sign gives them a last warning."
Pennsburg Borough Council President Kris Kirkwood assured Sloyer that the boroughs are working on the signs. The exact location of the signs has not been decided.
The police commission approved the 2013 audit of its books that was completed by Styer Associates. The audit showed no irregularities with the books.
The police commission is in the process of trying to decide if its police officers should get new uniforms. Police Officer Jaime Lavin wore a sample of the new uniforms to the police commission meeting. The uniform is made of a ripstock material. Lavin reported the uniform is comfortable and is not too hot in warm weather. The uniform has dark grey pants with a light grey stripe on the sides and a grey shirt with two breast pockets. As yet, the police commission has not approved the new uniforms.
Officer Lavin presented the police report for April. There were 54 incidents reported to the police, an increase of three over last month. Pennsburg had 25 crimes and East Greenville had 29 crimes. There were nine thefts, two frauds, one fleeing police, 18 assaults, 11 vandalism, three burglaries, three DUIs, four public drunkenness, two drug violations and one borough ordinance violation.