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City, Public Safety Officials Meet at Beebe School

Mayor Gary Chirstenson promises new changes in the city's response to crime in "coming weeks."

City and public safety officials met with residents of Ward 3 at Beebe School Monday night, the first of numerous ward-by-ward meetings planned to discuss crime in the city.

Mayor Gary Christenson, Ward 3 councilor John Matheson, Malden Police Chief James Holland and police Lt. Kevin Molis offered some common sense safety advice for residents, and answered questions from those in attendance.

The event was also broadcast on Malden Access Television.

 

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Lt. Molis, works with a plainclothes operation at the department, challenged residents to first put themselves in the mind of a criminal, and start making changes accordingly.

“Ask: 'if I was going to break into my house, how would (I) do it?” he said. “Would my house be vulnerable?”

Molis cited some ways of reducing the likelihood of a burglary, including improved lighting and reducing anything in your yard that reduces visibility from the street, like landscaping.

Officials also suggested residents buy burglar alarms, if they can afford them. Christenson and Matheson indicated the city was in the preliminary stages of working with manufacturers to brainstorm ways of making the technology more affordable for Malden homeowners later this year.

Most importantly, officials emphasized the golden rule of citizen vigilance: if you see something suspicious, call the police.

“If you see someone looking into cars, someone walking onto property, definitely call for something like that,” Chief Holland said when asked to describe suspicious activity rising to a 911 call.

“Just a person walking down the street? I dunno about that, but if he goes back up and down the street, yes.”

 

Leaders weigh in

The mayor told those in attendance to see “some changes” from city hall in “the coming weeks” about crime and policing.

Christenson said he would be pushing for more police officers during the city's upcoming budget process.

“We can't run with the number of (police) we have for a city of 60,000 people,” he said.

Funding to fix street lights is also on the agenda, Matheson said. 

Chris Caesar February 01, 2012 at 03:22 AM
That was just one of several things they put forth at the meeting, in fairness.
howard mcgowan February 01, 2012 at 03:59 AM
This forum was to get ihe Malden Citiizens of WArd 3 involved in what was the interest of the limited group in what could be participation in Malden Crime Watch / The Q and A was in a limited Time frame and those who HAD questtions on the forum issue presented by the pd whuch was keyed on break ins T single family homes by drug addicts was covered well but this is a complex problem that need to be addressed. CRIME IN MALDEN T STATION STO[P AND SHOP DOWNTOWN BARS PARKING LOTS SENIOR HOUSING ETC. i appreciated the forum and iformation but think as an apartment dweller in Malden 30 yrs need to learn to adapt the crime watch information to my and neighbors situation
David Marsters February 01, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I agree Paul. It is your right to carry firearms. City would get the fees for the application.
AnnieOMalden February 01, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I was very surprised when I came out of the T station last night to see the lights in the park area have been fixed! The light over the handicap ramp is still out as are the street lights but this is progress! Thanks to whoever is listening!
Heather February 01, 2012 at 07:55 PM
The information the crimewatch handed out was great. When is the next meeting you are having? I would like to invite a few friends.

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