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Malden Crimewatch Disbands

The group kept residents informed about on-going public safety issues in the city, and maintained a popular Facebook group.

The following was submitted by Toni Genzale of the Malden Crimewatch. 

This is to inform readers that as of July 1, 2012 Malden Crimewatch was disbanded.

In our opinion we live in a city that does not want any assistance in crime prevention. The personal attacks by some individuals that feel we are "stepping on toes" have made it impossible for us to continue on with our efforts to inform our neighbors of issues that exist in our community. Furthermore, we feel that any opinion that is stated on Patch or any other site is being used in an attempt to intimidate.

For this reason, we have joined with other communities using only certain social media sites to engage the public on safety issues.

We do want to thank the editor of Malden Patch for the opportunity to let us use this site for the purpose of announcements, opinions and blogs.

Alan July 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM
No crimewatch. No Guardian Angels. Thank goodness we still have the Justice League.
robert wilson July 16, 2012 at 03:42 PM
A ridiculous situation.
Bill M July 16, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I guess no Crime Watch means there is no crime in Malden. Thank You, problem solved!
Herman July 16, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Oh no. What are we going to do now? We had a crime watch?
Herman July 16, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Does that mean they watched it with popcorn?
robert wilson July 17, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Don't give up your day job Herman.
Nick Wright July 17, 2012 at 03:10 AM
My take: Malden Crimewatch was a political movement and not a real crime watch. I've read their posts before, and I've always felt that they had an ulterior motive. This is in no way meant to be insulting, merely an observation. It seemed like they spent more time criticizing law enforcement and government officials than trying to contribute. As a "crime watch" your job is to do just that: Observe and report, like a security guard would. Let the police do their job. If you want to criticize local government, by all means, do so. But do so as an individual, instead of signing everything as "Malden Crimewatch." I know people that personally joined that group, who disagreed wholeheartedly with your political opinions. It's not fair to them that you chose to use the group as a platform, and them as pawns by proxy.
Roger S July 17, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Did they walk around neighborhoods in groups like they do in other places? If so I never saw them around. That is what a crime watch does, and those groups are usually quite effective.
donna July 17, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Ditto Nick Wright

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