Public Safety

Our Mission

The East Point Breeze Neighbors (EPBN) Public Safety Committee helps serve as a liaison between the neighbors in the EPBN service area, the police, other neighborhood groups and city agencies with a focus on safety and quality of life. The geographic boundaries of East Point Breeze Neighbors involves two separate Philadelphia Police Districts: the 17th District, which covers the area west of Broad between Lombard Street and Moore Street, and the 1st District, which covers the area west of Broad Street and south of Moore Street in South Philadelphia.

Have a question on which Police District specifically services your area? The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) has more information here: PPD Districts & Units

Through partnerships with the police, city agencies, neighborhood groups and of course residents themselves, the Public Safety Committee helps the police identify problem areas and neighborhood issues, from more serious crimes to nuisance activities, engages with the officers of the Police Service Areas (PSAs) and keep updated on pertinent information the police have about crime(s) in the community, provides resources and guidance to residents on resolving neighborhood issues and builds awareness of safety and quality of life in the neighborhood.

Our Involvement

The Public Safety Group acts on its mission through frequent engagement with the police, other community groups and the residents of East Point Breeze Neighbors. There are many different avenues for involvement that take place on a monthly basis:

*Note that the set schedule may be subject to change when certain days fall on a holiday or due to a national event such as the presidential election. Be sure to double check the calendar for that particular month to confirm a particular meeting is taking place.

9-1-1 versus 3-1-1: What’s The Difference? I Don’t Want To Get It Wrong!

9-1-1:

People often have the impression that 9-1-1 should be used only for immediate and catastrophic emergencies such as violent crime, medical trouble or a house fire. This is not true! Philadelphia 9-1-1 is Philadelphia’s call center for all crimes and all emergencies, major or minor. If in doubt, call 9-1-1. At every meeting, the police encourage citizens to call 9-1-1 when experiencing a problem. Don’t assume someone else will call! The simple fact is that if the police don’t know about it, they can’t work to resolve the issue, and if you don’t call, they have no way to track incidents. You do not have to identify yourself or give additional contact information, though you may of course choose to do so.

Tips for making 9-1-1 calls:

For more on how to contact the police department, visit the Philadelphia Police website: Philadelphia Police Contacts

3-1-1:

Philadelphia has a robust and responsive non-emergency reporting system known as 3-1-1. It may be accessed by phone, mobile app, online or in person. 3-1-1 should be used for non-emergency, non-criminal activities such as (but not limited to) potholes, overgrown lots, graffiti removal or abandoned vehicles. Reports may be submitted, tracked and verified through 3-1-1’s online system.

For more information on submitting a 3-1-1 request, visit the City of Philadelphia’s 3-1-1 homepage: Philadelphia 3-1-1

Philadelphia Police SafeCam Program

As the costs of a home security camera have come down in the recent years, more and more citizens are installing such cameras to help deter crime and to create a record for when an incident does occur. Recognizing the value of private home cameras, the Philadelphia Police have created a program to allow residents to notify the police that the resident has such a camera and is willing to share the video footage with the police in the event of a crime. Find out more about registering your camera with the Philadelphia Police on the SafeCam website: Philadelphia Police SafeCam Program

City-Living Safety Tips

Taking a few extra precautions can help minimize your chance of becoming a victim. Crime can happen anywhere, to anyone, but being aware can help reduce crimes of opportunity, by far the most common type of crime.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email us at publicsafety@newboldneighbors.org