by Sue Ann Rybak

Sgt. Nicholas Tees, of Philadelphia’s 14th Police District, stressed the importance of being proactive when it comes to preventing crime at the Police Service Area 4 meeting held March 12 at the Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Ave.

Also in attendance was Officer Bob Mahan, who frequently patrols the Chestnut Hill neighborhood.

Tee encouraged residents to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

“Chances are if it doesn’t look right, it isn’t,” Tees said.

Tees, who presided over the meeting, reviewed the crimes in PSA 4, which covers all of Chestnut Hill along with Cedarbrook and parts of East Mt. Airy.

From Feb. 11 to March 11, police reported four aggravated assaults, three robberies, 12 burglaries, four stolen vehicles and 11 thefts from autos.

Of the 12 burglaries in PSA 4, nine occurred in Chestnut Hill. In several incidents, neighbors saw suspicious behavior but failed to report it. Several of the burglaries occurred in apartments. In three incidents, Tees said owners had alarms but failed to turn them on.

According to police, there were 11 thefts from autos, but only five occurred in Chestnut Hill. Tees reminded residents to not leave any personal items in their automobiles, including GPS, laptops and cell phones. Tees asked residents to continue to be vigilant and to be proactive when it comes to preventing crime.

According to 14th District headquarters, the next PSA 4 meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave.

Residents who would like to have their names added to an email list to be notified of crimes in PSA 4 are encouraged to email sean.danbridge@phila.gov or synell.hall@phila.gov. Residents can also call Officer Synell Hall at 215-686-3140 to schedule a free security assessment.