Carlisle crime panel: Borough is safe

From the Sentinel:

Carlisle residents are more likely to have something stolen from their property than to fall victim to a violent crime.

During a panel discussion entitled “Crime in Carlisle? Just the Facts Please,” hosted by and held at Dickinson College Wednesday night, panelist Lt. Michael Dzezinski of the Carlisle Police Department told the audience that the majority of crimes in the borough are against property, not people.

In 2008, property crimes, which include burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, shoplifting and vandalism, accounted for 88 percent of crimes reported to police, Dzezinski said.

In 2009, that number jumped to 93 percent, he added.

As an officer who has 16 years experience with the borough’s police force, Dzezinski said one of the main reasons crime is committed is a decline in personal values and responsibility.

Sometimes, he added, it comes down to “the haves and the have nots.”

“It’s simply that you had, they wanted, and they took it,” Dzezinski explained.

Though most of the crimes in the borough are not serious, Dzezinski said residents and college students have to take precautions to ensure they don’t become victims.

Those precautions include not walking alone when its dark, especially while under the influence of alcohol.

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