Manager warns of spike in property thefts
Petersburg Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht has warned the public as a part of the manager’s report during the Petersburg Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday evening that there has been an increase in property crimes, specifically vehicle burglaries in town.
“We are encouraging any witness to come forward,” Giesbrecht said. “We would also like to remind everyone to lock their doors and not leave anything of value in your cars.”
Giesbrecht explained that there is no explanation for the spike and the police do have some suspects in mind, but it would be helpful if anyone would come forward and tell what they may have seen.
Giesbrecht also reported that the Police Department continues to struggle with a lack of weather suitable vehicles in service.
“We will be looking to replace the Dodge Chargers when appropriate,” he stated. “We will be specifically looking for something with higher ground clearance and all weather capability.”
The Petersburg Library received a grant in order to hire a part-time, temporary IT aide to help the staff to set up the eReaders and computer equipment.
“This person will also provide training to the public and the library staff,” Giesbrecht said. “And this will take place prior to opening the new library.”
The Petersburg Public Works Department has completed an initial snow-removal and public safety assessment of the public roads outside of the old City limits.
“This evaluation will continue to help us build the long-term plan for road issues in the future,” Giesbrecht stated. “The weather has helped us to be able to look at things without a lot of snow on the ground.”