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Re: Attempted Break-In in Hamilton Park
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On a similar note....our car, parked on Embankment side of 6th between Jersey and Coles was (almost) broken into overnight last week. The lock was popped out but I guess that they couldn't open the door ~ the alarm never sounded. Filed a police report. The $1000 insurance deductible was our Christmas gift to ourselves this year.

A week before, our neighbors car, parked on 6th between Coles & Monmouth, was broken into and ransacked.

UPS delivered a college text book and left it in our mailbox today. Ten minutes after the delivery was logged, the package was stolen. The delivery guy (our regular person) was as annoyed as we were.

Posted on: 2012/12/27 19:46
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Re: Woman's BMW carjacked in Heights section of JC
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It's getting like Dodge city, it's time to be on your guard at all times eveyone is suspect. Perhaps any kind of profiling is the best method to make us aware of our surroundings. If this is too harsh so be it unless there is a better way of detering a dangerous situation.

Well when it comes to carjackings at least the more organised ones, be careful of luxury cars following you. They like to use stolen/carjacked vehicles to look for the next one. Ironically people get more nervous when the hooked up Civic full of teens pulls up along side them then the Benz/BMW at the red light behind you. The nice car you pay no mind to is the one you should be worried about.

Posted on: 2012/12/27 19:43
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Re: JC Compstat map (?)
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I think the reason why most people consider I-78 the border of downtown is because as soon as you go east of the overpass, the architecture and overall feel changes. Coming down the hill on Montgomery Street, you pass ugly housing and strip malls with fried chicken shops, and when you pass the 78 overpass you become immersed in nice looking, historic architecture almost immediately. (With the exception of those small little mud-hut public housing units on the south side of Montgomery Street).

Also, the 78 overpass is just a much more prominent and defining border than say, nondescript Summit Ave.
Since you are now a member of this city it is time you learn what the locals call those "mud-hut public housing units", they are referred to as "New Houses" by most. Besides those buildings aren't as bad as Booker T projects on the other side of them. I doubt you would fell as safe walking through or by those projects during "ungodly hours".

Posted on: 2012/12/27 19:34
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Re: JC Compstat map (?)
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Yeah, there are swaths of great architecture in every part of JC, but in my opinion only downtown has many blocks of contiguous great historic architecture. Is St Bridgette still a catholic parish?

Posted on: 2012/12/27 18:28
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Re: JC Compstat map (?)
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Saying all of JC is not safe after 11 pm is just my opinion. But it really isn’t “uncommon and rather extreme” . Maybe it’s because I am older and wouldn’t want to break a hip if I got mugged. I would really be screwed not be able to walk to the supermarket for cat food. You stop feeling invincible once you get into your 40’s. Gee just think in my 20’s we used to party in JC’s red zones until 3 am with no fear what so ever. The hood always had the best food and drink.

Tommyc did you ever take a ride into Bergen-Lafayette to look at the architecture? Really beautiful brownstones , townhouses, and houses. Also if you didn’t know the history of DT/Montgomery Street redevelopment I found probably the best description of what DT was like in the 70’s and how Montgomery Street was transformed.

It is on a Saint Bridget’s web site.

http://www.resurrectionparishjc.com/s ... history%20of%20bride.html

Page down to the ….. Chaos and Destruction in the Parish Area section and start reading. Or read the fascinating history from the top.

“Fires, riots, shoot-outs, and later the promise and the "threat" of urban renewal, pervaded St. Bridget's neighborhood for more than a decade. The old and dilapidated tenement buildings were the main focus of these elements which depleted the spirits of those living in the area. Media reports for instance, indicate that from the early 70's to the early 80’s, there were from 22 to 27 fires in the parish area alone. Ironically, many of these fires happened in the years 1979 and 1980 when urban renewal was at its height.”

Those developments on either side of Montgomery below the old MC were part of the Montgomery Gateway Redevelopment Project.

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(your youthful Superman suits won’t stop a knife)

Man's face slashed during robbery in Downtown Jersey City

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... d_in_face_during_rob.html


52-year-old Jersey City man stabbed in chest during robbery

http://jclist.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=28250

Posted on: 2012/12/27 17:21
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Re: JC Compstat map (?)
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I think the reason why most people consider I-78 the border of downtown is because as soon as you go east of the overpass, the architecture and overall feel changes. Coming down the hill on Montgomery Street, you pass ugly housing and strip malls with fried chicken shops, and when you pass the 78 overpass you become immersed in nice looking, historic architecture almost immediately. (With the exception of those small little mud-hut public housing units on the south side of Montgomery Street).

Also, the 78 overpass is just a much more prominent and defining border than say, nondescript Summit Ave.

Posted on: 2012/12/27 15:52
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Re: JC Compstat map (?)
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Seriously, most of downtown is extremely safe at any hour of the night. I have never felt unsafe, even at ungodly hours...but I always keep my head on a swivel because I do know that some things happen.

Posted on: 2012/12/27 15:45
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Re: JC Compstat map (?)
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Neverleft has an uncommon and rather extreme opinion. In the 7.5 years of my living downtown, with lots of walking back and forth from bars and friends' place in the middle of the night, I've never felt unsafe. Nobody in my somewhat large social circle has ever been mugged downtown in all those years. Nevertheless I agree with the unnamed officer that one should exercise caution downtown at night.

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User1111 –I wouldn’t go anywhere in JC at night say after 11 pm. (and I am 6'9" 300+ lbs) No section of JC is safe at night. Way too much random crap going on. Cars pulling up next to you, etc. I have no problem during the day …JC is fine.

Posted on: 2012/12/27 15:04
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Re: JC Compstat map (?)
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Anybody else confused by this: "As you can see on the map, the high crime areas from the west continues into the east. Other than the area indicated, downtown is good to go".

1) Where is the high crime area from the west continuing into the east? I don't see that indicated in any way...

2) What are the areas indicated when they say, "other than the areas indicated"? I don't see any coloring or markings on the downtown section.


tommyc- if you look at the original link it breaks out the map more and you can blow it up to see street names. http://thepeacockpress.wordpress.com/ ... lice-stay-out-of-the-red/ You DTer’s use the Turnpike as your boundary. The police use Summit Ave as it’s East District boundary. So the question about west continuing east…see the thick black line in the middle of the red west and east zone? That is Summit Avenue the police consider it the “DT” boundary (east district) . Growing up we all considered anything below the old MC (The Beacon) as downtown.

User1111 –I wouldn’t go anywhere in JC at night say after 11 pm. (and I am 6'9" 300+ lbs) No section of JC is safe at night. Way too much random crap going on. Cars pulling up next to you, etc. I have no problem during the day …JC is fine.

Posted on: 2012/12/27 14:37
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Front door of Jersey City man's home blasted with gun after parking dispute: police
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A bullet ripped through a Jersey City resident's front door and lodged in a staircase this morning, five minutes after he argued with a man who was blocking his car in a nearby driveway, police said.

Police responding to Arlington Avenue at 6:30 a.m. on a report of shots fired were flagged down by a man who showed cops the bullet hole in his front door, a police report said.

The 62-man told police he arrived home from work and parked his car in the driveway of 99 Arlington Ave., a neighboring building, reports said. He later noticed a car blocking the driveway where he had parked, so he spoke to the driver and an argument ensued, reports said.

As the victim walked home, the driver of the car drove past him slowly, saying, “Good, I know where you live,” from the driver-side window, reports said. Five minutes later, the resident told cops, he heard an "extremely loud noise like a bomb exploded.”

The victim went downstairs and found a jagged hole from a gunshot in the front door and the hole in his staircase, reports said.

Police searched the area, but did not locate the man who argued with the victim. Neighbors, however, said they heard the gunshot and told cops the owner of the car was known to visit a teenager in the 99 Arlington Ave. building, reports said.

Police said a 17-year-old girl who lived in the building and was identified as the suspect's girlfriend, refused to co-operate with the police.

The girl was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension and taken to the Juvenile Bureau, accompanied by her mother, where the girl was interviewed by police, reports said.
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Posted on: 2012/12/27 14:04
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Re: JC Compstat map (?)
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(a.k.a .the don’t go out in JC after the street lights come on , just like your mother used to say..rule)


http://www.njjcpd.org/node/5


My granddad would always say don't go to the colored neighborhoods they will kill you and rape your sister. It does not make it right... I find it funny because SPU sits adjacent to one of the worst blocks in the city (Bergen Ave)

I lived by Lincoln Park and would never, ever walk down Bergen ave after midnight and the school is right there. That's why I find this map silly.

Also I find it hard to believe officers would suggest not going places where they actually live. for example Ward A which is GV has the highest amount of city workers (some of them police men/women and firefighters) than any other ward, which is not mentioned in this unofficial map.

Posted on: 2012/12/27 13:47
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Re: JC Compstat map (?)
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Anybody else confused by this: "As you can see on the map, the high crime areas from the west continues into the east. Other than the area indicated, downtown is good to go".

1) Where is the high crime area from the west continuing into the east? I don't see that indicated in any way...

2) What are the areas indicated when they say, "other than the areas indicated"? I don't see any coloring or markings on the downtown section.

Posted on: 2012/12/27 13:39
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Re: JC Compstat map (?)
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A couple of comments on “the map”…

1- SPU is not a racist school. (see chart below) Also with 50% of it’s students living in school housing I think it was a good idea for someone to put out a map like this. If I was a parent paying over 30+K a year and having my kid live in JC alone I would be happy to know the “red zone” information.

Degree seeking SPU undergraduate student breakdown:

0.3%-- American Indian or Alaskan Native
10.0%-- Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
25.9%-- Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
26.7%-- Hispanic/Latino
0.2%-- Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino
25.9%-- White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2.2%-- Two or more races non-Hispanic/Latino
3.4%-- Nonresident Alien
5.5%-- Race and/or Ethnicity unknown


2- Like Toonces was saying the police district, ward, and neighborhood mapping of JC has always been confusing. (even for this old-timer) Only because you could never find a decent map of them. Hey JCPD PLEASE put back the four police district boundaries on your web site. They were on the old site and were at least helpful when looking at the 4 districts COMPSTAT crime reports. Or even better just put a simple map like the Peacock site has. (leave out the red zones if you need to be PC)

FYI – here is yet another map that shows how the JCEDC breaks JC out by neighborhood. The ward map is also in there but this is an older map. http://www.jcedc.org/Pages/01-24neighborhoods.pdf Interesting reading for newcomers.

3- If you read all of the descriptions of the four districts none of them are glowing. So if you live in the red in the South, West, and East don’t feel bad. We all know the crime pockets to avoid in each district. (I have properties in the red too) Notice how they all say safe during the day but precaution should be taken at night. (a.k.a .the don’t go out in JC after the street lights come on , just like your mother used to say..rule)

4- That comment about nothing above the boulevard towards the South being safe has been a JC saying for 40 or more years. The sad thing is it HAS been said for 40 years. Why doesn’t someone do SOMETHING about it!!


November JCPD COMPSTAT report….city wide 560 reported crimes.

http://www.njjcpd.org/node/5

Posted on: 2012/12/27 13:33
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Re: JC bank robber gets $4,000 with 'Don't be a hero' note
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When I go to the ATM, there's a camera getting a close-up of my face, right? So...why aren't there cameras at teller stations, getting a close-up of each customer's face? I suppose then you could carry that logic to convenience stores and other places that get robbed, but you'd think as soon as you walked up to a teller station, a machine would snap your photo a la driver's license in case of any incidents. Am I wrong in thinking they still just have those grainy ceiling cameras?

Posted on: 2012/12/27 13:24
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Re: JC Compstat map (?)
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The fact that this is The unofficial newspaper of Saint Peter's University and each officer asked to remain anonymous, I don't give it much credibility at all.

Posted on: 2012/12/27 13:07
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Re: Woman's BMW carjacked in Heights section of JC
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It's getting like Dodge city, it's time to be on your guard at all times eveyone is suspect. Perhaps any kind of profiling is the best method to make us aware of our surroundings. If this is too harsh so be it unless there is a better way of detering a dangerous situation.


Its getting? JC is far from Mayberry, I think it was a safe city to live in, in the 1950's. I think most people assume they are safe, but none of us are no matter where we are. I work in NYC and see people iPhones get stolen in daylight, and unlike this place NYC has cops on the street.

JC lost its innocents after the great white flight of the 60's. If we do not get better leadership here its only going to get worst. There are no real jobs here. Most of the wards are run by hacks. Where I live at least 14% of the people are at poverty level or young single moms. Even though we have gotten a bunch of new folks buying and fixing up homes, it does not out weigh what is here.

When I live DTJC most of my neighbors there did not speak English, and the majority of them were poor and lived in crappy apts. JC is attracting wealthier residents but no where near the amount of poor people that live here.

Watch your back at the waterfront, the heights, GV and even in PH which I consider a ghost town. Be smart, be safe. We live in a world with lots of animals who want to take your $hit.

Posted on: 2012/12/27 13:01
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The unofficial newspaper of Saint Peter's University: The Arts and Enertainment Edition

Police: Stay Out of the Red

BY LINDA GIANG

Jersey City is the second largest city in New Jersey, just behind Newark. As of the 2010 Census, Jersey City has a population of 247,530 people. This vast city runs for 14.9 square miles. A city of this size and population normally come with an equal amount of crime. It is useful for Saint Peter’s students who are not from the area to be aware of places to avoid. In an exclusive interview with several Jersey City Police Officers, who asked to remain anonymous, we got the lowdown on the city’s worst areas as far as crime.

The Department is broken down into four districts, North, South, East, and West.

Let’s start with the North district, which is also known as “The Heights”.

"The Heights"
“The Heights is generally pretty safe, it’s mostly petty crimes, nothing major”, said a Jersey City police officer. However, he added that there isn’t a distinct “bad” area, but there are pockets of unsafe streets and intersections. One officer suggests people to be careful by the intersection of Griffith Street and Webster Avenue, as well as Palisades Ave as shaded green on the map. Another place to beware is the area around Pershing Field City Park, and the basketball courts at night.

"The Hill"
Moving on to the West district, also known as “The Hill”. Unlike the North, more than a third of the West is considered “high crime” areas. The areas colored in red on the map are those high crime areas that should be avoided at all hours of the day according to JCPD. Saint Peter’s students should pay close attention to the West district map because SPC is in the west and is on the border of all three red areas. “Areas that aren’t marked are okay during the day, but should be avoided at night because trouble in the not so good areas, go looking for trouble in decent areas”, said a JCPD officer.

"Downtown Jersey City"
Traveling Eastward to the East District is downtown Jersey City. As you can see on the map, the high crime areas from the west continues into the east. “Other than the area indicated, downtown is good to go, especially areas near the waterfront, Exchange Place, and areas near the Holland tunnel, there are rarely crimes there, other areas are fine during the day, but precaution should be taken at night,” said a JCPO.

"Greenville"
Lastly, the South District is known as “Greenville”. Several officers have agreed that the South is the most unsafe district of the city. The area shaded green are not residential areas, they are industrial parks, Army Reserve Center, Recreational Facilities, etc. As shown on the map, more than half of the South is considered high crime.

“Anything east of Kennedy Blvd. is bad news, that goes for the west as well”, said a JCPO. Like other unmarked areas in the city, the unmarked neighborhoods in the south are safe during the day, but walking at night should be avoided.

Posted on: 2012/12/27 12:54
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Re: Woman's BMW carjacked in Heights section of JC
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It's getting like Dodge city, it's time to be on your guard at all times eveyone is suspect. Perhaps any kind of profiling is the best method to make us aware of our surroundings. If this is too harsh so be it unless there is a better way of detering a dangerous situation.

Posted on: 2012/12/27 12:45
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Police say JC man stabbed in face by cousin when argument over food escalates
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(Last minute entry into the 2012 strangest JC crime stories contest…but the entry is being held up until the food item involved is identified.)


Police say Jersey City man stabbed in face by cousin when argument over food escalates
By Charles Hack/The Jersey Journal
on December 27, 2012 at 8:20 AM

26-year-old Jersey City man was stabbed in the face by his cousin during an argument over food on Monday evening, police reports said.

Police were called to an Ocean Avenue apartment at 8:19 p.m. on the report of a man bleeding from the face, reports said.

Full JJ piece…

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... man_sta.html#incart_river

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Posted on: 2012/12/27 12:41
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Re: JC Compstat map (?)
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My impressions from living in Jersey City for 8.5 years pretty much exactly match the maps and the anonymous police quotes on that blog post. I'm gonna bookmark that, and from now on whenever we get one of those "is this area ok?" posts, I'll refer the person to that.

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Like I was saying I don't know why the new JCPD site took out the 4 district exact boundary descriptions. It took a while but I found a JCPD district map. In all places an unofficial Saint Peter’s College..err..University newspaper. The Peacock Press http://thepeacockpress.wordpress.com/ Great idea warning students about area’s in JC to avoid….the red zones!!!!!

(click on each picture for a full view so you can see the street names)


Police: Stay Out of the Red
BY LINDA GIANG

Jersey City is the second largest city in New Jersey, just behind Newark. As of the 2010 Census, Jersey City has a population of 247,530 people. This vast city runs for 14.9 square miles. A city of this size and population normally come with an equal amount of crime. It is useful for Saint Peter’s students who are not from the area to be aware of places to avoid. In an exclusive interview with several Jersey City Police Officers, who asked to remain anonymous, we got the lowdown on the city’s worst areas as far as crime.

http://thepeacockpress.wordpress.com/ ... lice-stay-out-of-the-red/

Posted on: 2012/12/27 12:31
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Woman's BMW carjacked in Heights section of JC
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Woman's BMW carjacked in Heights section of Jersey City
By Charles Hack/The Jersey Journal
on December 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM

A 36-year-old woman was carjacked in the Heights section of Jersey City after her vehicle was boxed in by two cars yesterday afternoon, police reports said.

The Jersey city woman walked into the North District police stations and said her 2011 BMW 328xi was carjacked at Leonard Street and Kennedy Boulevard at 4 p.m. Wednesday, police reports said.

The woman said she had just gotten into her car when a white Infiniti G35 and a black Honda truck with tinted windows boxed her from moving, reports said.

Two men got out of the Infiniti and one of them forced her door open, pulled her out and shoved her to the ground, reports said

Full JJ piece…

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... rjacked.html#incart_river


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Posted on: 2012/12/27 12:06
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Re: Spanish immersion schools in Jersey City and Hoboken.
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I know it is not Spanish, but I just saw in the old St. Mary's high school on 3rd St. in Jersey City a sign for a French immersion school opening in September.

http://www.thefrenchabc.com/

I do not think it is public though.

Posted on: 2012/12/27 9:50
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Re: JC bank robber gets $4,000 with 'Don't be a hero' note
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well, at least the robber gave fair warning. I'm always amazed at bank employees, including guards, trying to stop potentially armed robbers. THE MONEY IS NOT WORTH YOUR LIFE OR MINE

I can see employees keeping their distance from the bank robber but isn't a guard hired to confront the situation ??

Posted on: 2012/12/27 9:35
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Re: JC bank robber gets $4,000 with 'Don't be a hero' note
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Gotta love it: A man 6'2" wearing NY Giants gloves. BTW anyone tell the writer that he can take these garments off, but he can't change his skin color. How 'bout crimefighter?

Posted on: 2012/12/27 9:22
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Re: JC bank robber gets $4,000 with 'Don't be a hero' note
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Still so very confused as to why color of skin doesn't play a role in description. This description is just about every man I know, although I suspect this robber was probably a Jets fan in disguise.

Posted on: 2012/12/27 1:24
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Re: JC bank robber gets $4,000 with 'Don't be a hero' note
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well, at least the robber gave fair warning. I'm always amazed at bank employees, including guards, trying to stop potentially armed robbers.

THE MONEY IS NOT WORTH YOUR LIFE OR MINE

Posted on: 2012/12/26 23:50
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Re: JC Compstat map (?)
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“Anything east of Kennedy Blvd. is bad news, that goes for the west as well”, said a JCPO

hah.

Posted on: 2012/12/26 21:08
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Re: I just got out of the hospital
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Any word if police have any leads for the attack mentioned in the first post? What a horrible time of year for someone to have to go through that.


The first post was a joke, but then took on a life of its own with the home invasions. The first poster was invaded by Santa and his ho...

Posted on: 2012/12/26 21:04
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Re: I just got out of the hospital
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Any word if police have any leads for the attack mentioned in the first post?


I stopped reading that post when the author stated he fended off a home invasion but hurt himself falling on his car...

Posted on: 2012/12/26 21:01
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Re: JC Compstat map (?)
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That's really handy, Neverleft - thank you! Considering the town has 6 wards, but Compstat reports crimes in the city divided into 4, I found it very confusing. That hand-drawn map is really helpful.

Posted on: 2012/12/26 20:56
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