With warmer weather ahead, the Northside Public Safety Committee wants to remind neighbors that crime stats tend to increase in the summer months.

According to Northside Public Safesafetyty President David Stacy, observant residents can help drastically increase these numbers simply by knowing their neighborhood, knowing their neighbors and reporting unusual activities.

“A lot of people in our neighborhood speak up, and that’s great,” said Stacy. “But we always need more people reporting what they see.”

For questions or concerns regarding crime or police presence, contact the Zone 1 Community Relations Officer, Forrest Hodges at forrest.hodges@pittsburghpa.gov.

In March there were, approximately 424 incidents were reported throughout the Northside, which led to approximately 142 arrests.

The Northside Public Safety Council is a nonprofit corporation composed of community leaders, businesses, government officials the Housing Authority, property owners and the Zone 1 Pittsburgh Police.

The Northside Public Safety Committee meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. on the mezzanine level of The Northside Leadership Conference’s offices at 4 Allegheny  Center. All are welcome.

A useful resource for the community is the Zone 1 website at www.communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov. Northside Public Safety: May 2013 – Summer safety