How to stay safe this holiday season, from the Northside Public Safety Council.

By: David Stacy

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Training via Wikimedia Commons

The Northside Public Safety Council members would like to wish our fellow Northsiders happy and safe holidays. Stay aware and vigilant to avoid becoming a victim.

“Porch Pirates”

If you do not have a safe place for packages to be delivered to your home, here are a few tips for alternative deliveries: 1. Have packages delivered to the home of a neighbor, family member, or friend. 2. Deliver the package to your workplace. 3. Have packages held for you at your post office. 4. Take advantage of “ship to store” options. 5. Require a signature to leave packages. 6. Set up notifications to track your packages.

Phone and email scams

Do not give any personal information to anyone you don’t know or are unsure of. Do not open your door to anyone you do not know or who arrives unannounced: Folks can pose as utility agents, social service workers, etc. Most are legitimate, but it’s not worth taking a chance that someone will enter your home. When you are out exercising, keep your senses. Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times when out in public. There has not been a better time during these tough and challenging times for us to all look out for one another: neighbors, seniors, people who are homeless, those with disabilities, and people who are less fortunate.                                           


Please stay informed of the latest COVID-19 recommendations and restrictions as information can and does change daily.

Crime Statistics

The Zone 1 Police Department’s October 2020 crime statistics for the Northside are now available and can be downloaded below.

The Northside Public Safety Council meets every month on the first Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm via Zoom. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. You can reach us at or 412-321-0295. 

Warm regards,

David Stacy

David Stacy is the president of NSPSC.

Related posts:

Northside Public Safety Bulletin: November 2020

Northside Public Safety Bulletin: October 2020

Northside Public Safety Bulletin: September 2020

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