COLUMBIA PA 17512 NEWS
In Columbia, at the western edge of Lancaster County, there were more police calls than residents last year.
I wish more residents would show up to council meetings and push for a more effective police force. Why is our rate higher than Lancaster City?
its because the Boro has hundreds and hundreds and hundreds TOO MANY rental properties. they hop on the bus in Lancaster and come here because they get everything they want and need. and pay NOTHING for any of it. hell, they drive nicer cars than we do, get theri nails and hair done weekly, eat steak and lobster. and send their kids to OUR schools and they DON'T PAY A DIME
I agree they sure do need to cut down on rental properties and inspect how many people live in them. Way too many on Sec. 8 of course people lie about how many plus how many don't pay head tax which bugs me as it is soon due. You could get a lot more money if this was checked in to.
I think this information is very ambiguous. I would like to know the actual number of "911" phone calls that came into LCWC.
Some information not totally specific to Columbia Borough can be found at the link below. A large amount of calls come through the police station phone system and then go to LCWC. I wouldn't think they would be like a "911" call since they just get transferred to LCWC from the borough's phone system. For example, you call 684-7735 and no one picks up it rolls into LCWC and they answer. They don't answer those calls saying "911, do you need police, fire or ems".https://www.lcwc911.us/lcwc/AboutLCWC/AnnualReports.aspx
The cops have a babysitting job because some of the people living here do not have any sense.
I think the number of police calls is higher than this article has stated. Do the calls to the local 684 dispatch get counted if they are not patched through to the 911 center?? If not, it has to be even higher.
Not all of them. Only ones that require a police report to be completed will be documented by LCWC. The officers have to call in and get that number generated.
So do the Columbia Borough Police provide the information to LCWC for their report? We really don't know, do we? I'd like to know where and how LCWC obtains the information placed in their report.
Think the math calculations in the article are amiss. If you check a bunch of the other municipalities, townships and boroughs, you'll find that many of them have more reported "police calls" than residents. For example, Ephrata's police calls number 14,335; its population is 13,516. Using the calculation in the article, the ratio is 1.07 rather than the article's graphic showing a 0.57 ratio.New Holland's police calls number 6,856 and a population of 5,417 giving it a ratio of 1.27.
Ephrata also covers Ephrata Township. Maybe that is where those numbers come from. I'm not sure about New Holland though.
Numbers are obviuosly padded. I agree with then quote from Brian Longs website "if Columbia’s police responses are so high, why does Columbia almost never appear in the POLICE LOG published almost daily in LNP". Any comparison to Lancaster City calls are a joke. How many gun crimes do we have here?
Maybe they should start charging for the nuisance calls they receive all the time and see how many of them type calls stop. People need get common sense and police themselves. I am 45 years old and have lived in Columbia my whole life and maybe called the police a handful of times. Like to see a report of addresses and see who are the repeat offenders
Too many poor, uneducated, people residing in a small area. They resort to violence when they lack ability to think before they act.
Hey Cole, not sure under which article to put this comment but just informing you that you were threatened with bodily harm on Facebook. I advise you to secure a screenshot ASAP so charges can be filed. This Facebook banter is rising to a new level. With this mentality it's no wonder the cops here have so many calls. Too many uneducated people living in one small place.
Thanks. Screenshot acquired, names recorded.
I'll never use the local "684" number again if I need the police. I'll use 911 to be sure that the incident is recorded/reported.