By Jamie Mazzotta
ARNOLD, Pa. – The city of Arnold has been under media scrutiny for years and the recent home invasion in November on Victoria Avenue did not help the image, but since Eric Doubt was appointed to chief of police, the number of crimes related to robberies and home invasions has gone down.
“We had one home invasion in 2010 and two in 2009,” Doubt said, “This is not a huge problem for us. We have been making changes to keep the crime down in our town.”
Since Doubt took the seat of chief, he has made changes to the officer’s schedules. He has put his officers on the beat, which means walking on foot in the neighborhoods and school zones in Arnold.
“My officers and I walk the beat every day,” Doubt said, “The officers on daylight patrol the school zones from 7:30-8:30, as well as the bus stops. We want to be sure the children are always safe.”
Doubt lives in Arnold with his family. He has children who go to school in the district, and he says he does not feel that his family or anyone in the town should feel that they are in danger. Doubt is going on his second year as chief and plans to keep up his efforts to keep the town a safe place to live.
Retired police officer Wayne Harris, who worked as the dispatcher for the station for 21 years, said that “the dangerous crimes have gone down in the past two years.” According to Harris, most of the crime involves male adults ages 18-25 years old, and the crimes they are involved in are usually drug related and do not involve random residents.
“I have lived in Arnold all my life, I feel safer now than ever before,” said Harris.
Katie Thompson, a resident living on Victoria Avenue since 2007, said she does not understand a woman’s statement about home invasions that was aired on KDKA.
“There has not been any other home invasion in our neighborhood since I have been living here, and I am angered at the statement she made that they happen every day,” Thompson said, “The police walk through the area every day and night which I think helps keep the crime down. The statement the woman said only helps contribute to the bad reputation this town has. We are trying to sell our house, and the coverage by KDKA I am sure will not help.”
Thompson also added that she and her husband are not moving because they feel unsafe, but rather because they need a bigger home with more property to start a family.
“I would like to say to the people not from the area, to not be afraid to come here because of what you hear on television,” Thompson said, “We have a close relationship with our neighbors and have never felt unsafe or as though we were in danger.”