Letters: Pittsfield Crime Analyst a Good Start

Letters to the EditorPrint Story | Email Story

Letter to the Editor:

Reading the recent article "Pittsfield's New Crime Analyst Already Detecting Criminals" by Andy McKeever filled me with hope today.

Growing up in the Berkshires, I was not exposed to a high or even moderate level of criminal activity in my area; perhaps because of my upbringing, or simply because of the lack of crime that has occurred over the past 15 years in Western Mass.

Luckily, according to the 2012 crime report from the FBI, the Northeast is down 1.2 percent in violent crimes and down 1.7 percent in property crimes since 2011. Additionally, the FBI notes that in Pittsfield alone, property crime was the leading criminal offense in 2012 with 1,166 incidences. While this statistic is not ideal for a relatively small community, it is encouraging to know that now, with a new and intelligent crime analyst at hand, such numbers will start to fall in the coming years as we "get ahead" of the crime.

The idea that cities like Pittsfield can become "hotspots" for crime is a valid reason for law enforcement to station a crime analyst there. However, if criminal activity such as serious property crime continues to other areas of the county, I wonder how beneficial it would be to find even more intelligent, qualified individuals to assist in Ms. O'Connor's work, should trends in local crime continue to be where they are now and move to areas outside of Pittsfield.

But for now, I'm very pleased to see such a young and capable woman taking the reins on a seemingly challenging task, and to be off to a strong start! We need that kind of leadership in our county, our state, and our nation when it comes to tackling crime.


Maggie Kittner
Great Barrington, Mass


Tags: letters to the editor,   

0 Comments
iBerkshires.com welcomes critical, respectful dialogue; please keep comments focused on the issues and not on personalities. Profanity, obscenity, racist language and harassment are not allowed. iBerkshires reserves the right to ban commenters or remove commenting on any article at any time. Concerns may be sent to info@iberkshires.com.

iBerkshires.com Text Ads

Landscaping On A Budget?

Landscape Design, Installation, and Bulk Products. Whitney's Farm Market Cheshire, MA (413)442-4749

www.whitneysfarm.com

Vendors Wanted

Spring Fair hosted by P.E.O Chapter L. (May 12th)330 North St.Pittsfield 413-464-2659 ngleason@gmail

www.peointernational.org

Porsche of Clifton Park

Inventory Reduction Sale! New Country Porsche of Clifton Park, NY (518)664-4448

porscheofcliftonpark.com

Support Local News

We show up at hurricanes, budget meetings, high school games, accidents, fires and community events. We show up at celebrations and tragedies and everything in between. We show up so our readers can learn about pivotal events that affect their communities and their lives.

How important is local news to you? You can support independent, unbiased journalism and help iBerkshires grow for as a little as the cost of a cup of coffee a week.

Recent Stories

<MORE>

BerkshireCoupons.com

<MORE>