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See It, Hear It, Report It

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To The Editor:

Having moved to the Massena area close to 30 years ago when I found my job, I consider “here” my home. However, I have always been a north country native.

And grew up-up river in an extended family in the hamlet of Chippewa Bay. Beautiful then as it remains today, there was a downside to living there.

It was; heading off to adulthood with no idea I’d land somewhere close by, where people absolutely needed to lock their doors. True, growing up in a very small community contributed to that. But, more was due to the fact that back in the 1970s, all of us kids running around the neighborhood were answerable to rather “opinionated” parents and grandparents who were not at all shy in expressing their beliefs about stealing and hurting other people.

With that said and looking back; Massena was not too unlike Chippewa Bay “crime-wise” when I first made my way here.

Pick up the local paper today though, and one thing is pretty obvious. That there are plenty of people in our midst, young and not so young alike, with no concept of what’s right and what’s wrong. Why they don’t makes a good question but does not matter as much as knowing when we shake our heads in disbelief at the news of what is going on around here.

We are only hearing about reported crime and criminals caught. And that’s just a fraction of our actual crime problem. A problem big enough that Massena’s TRIAD, which meets monthly to strategize in bringing civility and safety back to our home, has decided to make “crime prevention” this year’s focus. This through a campaign with a premise as simple as its name: “See it, Hear it, Report It,”which encourages decent people to not look the other way when they see or hear something wrong going on - and report it by calling the Massena Police Department at 764-5508, or by e-mail at crimetips@police-massena.ny.us .

Jeff Reifensnyder

Massena TRIAD

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