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Heights Complex Moves to Increase Security

Heights of Collingswood managers said the complex has hired a service to patrol parking lots at night. "This would be the last place I'd move," one resident says after a rash of recent crime.

Managers of the  say security measures have been heigthened in the wake of  at the apartment complex.

Most recently, a occurred in a Heights parking lot, and a string of other have been reported. Other incidents in the past year include kids reportedly setting a and a .

According to Tammy Shields, a general manager, the complex's administration is working with to lessen crime.

"We are having a meeting here this Tuesday (Jan. 17) with police and staff members," said Shields. "We're working to fix (recent issues with crime)."

Usually, Shields said life in the complex does not pose a threat to residents.

"Typically, it's kind of a quiet, safe community," Shields said. "So (this recent criminal activity) is an abnormality."

Elderly resident Ed Wilson, who said he was aware of recent criminal activities, disagreed.

"I'll tell you, (if I could do it again), this would be the last place I'd move," said Wilson.

But Shields said complex staff are making a serious effort to make residents feel safe again.

"We've been asked by Collingswood not to give a lot of details," said Shields. "But we have engaged in an outside security company, who will patrol our parking lots in the evening hours."

Shields said the additional nighttime security began patrolling grounds on Friday evening.

As of Friday, police said no arrests have been made in the case, which is still under investigation.

"The safety of our residents is more important than anything else," said Shields.

 

To read Patch's coverage of recent criminal activity at the complex, click .

Heightsofcollings Stinks January 14, 2012 at 02:35 PM
recent criminal activity is an abnormality? really?? thats a LIE!! Alot of these same goings on were taking place over a year ago, and two years ago! People sell drugs on the property, inside and out. But everyone tries to keep what happens here so hush hush!! The complex needed to bring in security, AT LEAST, a few years ago. But then again what does management expect when they allow child sex offenders and the like to live in the apartments? They offer housing to people who just come out of a state mental facility and have a psychiatrists office on the 1st floor of the A building!! They also house and allow people to move here that are coming out of jail and on parole! Maybe if they didn't care so much about raking in the money, they could take more time to screen the people that they are actually allowing to live in this building! There was an elderly man mugged and robbed over a year ago around 5pm in daylight! This place is ridiculous and is giving and will continue to give Collingswood a horrible reputation, god forbid alot of these events gets to the courier post or philadelphia inquirer. I will be more then excited when my lease is up and I can move to another complex in the town!!
Dawn Britt January 14, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Anytime a crime happens it is disturbing however, crime is all over.Crime is in Cherry Hill , Haddonfiled, Audubon, Haddon Heights. I have lived at the Heights Of Collingswood for many years. I have had a good experience to date. Unfortunately the world is not what it was 20 years ago, Society has changed. Things like this happen in the best of neighborhoods. We cannot escape it. Instead of pointing fingers lets unite as a community and report anything suspicious or seems to be out of character to the Police immediately!! This is very unfortunate situation however, I know many people are working to make our community safe!!!
Anne Carroll January 15, 2012 at 06:03 AM
OK, guys and gals. Someone needs to be held responsible for the deplorable state of the Heights. Why did our town sell it to a development company/managing company who was not qualified to create and maintain high standards of safety. No one should be afraid to live where they live. Hey, this is Collingswood! What's wrong with this picture. Anne Carroll
Concerned January 15, 2012 at 03:45 PM
The Heights are already manned 24 hours a day 7 days a week by the Collingswood Police, they also have a police outpost inside the complex that has been there for many years. The police had already been keeping a rotation of officers there, I'm not for sure how a random security guard only at night will solve anything. This part of Collingswood is dangerous, as there are and have been a number of incidents that go way above the 'normal' crime in such other premier communities. Just searching through the Patch/NJ.com here are just some of our local and recent stories: 1) Gregory Riedel in the Heights of Collingswood stabbed a man. 2) Christopher Wall was murdered in the Heights of Collingswood 3) There have been two fires in the buildings, one was an act of arson 4) Nicholas C. Stens, major drug trafficking, Collingswood 5) Jamarvis Green, major drug trafficking, Collingswood (G-Shine and Bloods) 6) Dwayne Wall shot a Collingswood man in a street shootout on Haddon Ave. Statistics are only based on reports, reports are only based on what an incident that was documented.....if citizens to not initiate a phone, there will never be action put forth and crime will continue. Do not let these people rob us of our life!! Collingswood is a great place to live, it has some issues and most of which has STRONG Camden ties, why are we letting outsiders RUIN our community! This is our home, BE PROUD!!
Concerned January 15, 2012 at 06:14 PM
7) Nicholas Stens, Collingswood resident who was the target of "Operation White Cloud", busted on April 14 2011 ....truck trafficking and firearms. 8) Jose Alvarez-Ramirez, Collingswood resident, operated in part of a CAMDEN drug NETWORK .... group of 28 was trafficking drugs via Puerto Rico to Newark and then to here for distribution. This was a gang operation, as the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau oversaw it. 9) Stash houses, these are often low income, but very inconspicuous set ups used for drug dealers. Apartments make great stash houses. The police are NOT to blame for crime in any area, the are in fact OUR protection. PLEASE make them aware of ANY suspicious behavior. A problem that goes undressed is one that cannot be addressed. Apartment living is great for those who choose to live there, but it is also the responsibility of the management company to make sure they know who is there and who is not there!

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