Dwellings and Vandalism
- Keep bricks, stones, hard
objects off the street, sidewalk and lots. They are easily
used by juveniles to break a window or do some other form of
- Have the city, the
neighborhood (or you) put grass seed on vacant lots to
beautify the area and reduce areas where broken bottles,
bricks, etc. are located (and where trash gets dumped too).
- Report persons who throw
bricks, stones, etc., or who dump trash illegally-get
license number and other descriptive data and report to
police; be willing to appear as a witness. No one has the
right to make your neighborhood or anyone else's less
beautiful by these acts.
- Report persons who are inside
a vacant structure.
- Report anyone who is selling
copper tubing, sinks, toilet bowls and other household items
in a used condition and for a low price; inquire about where
this person got such items. Report such information or
suspicious activity to the police. Stripping vacant
dwellings by thieves who then sell the stolen goods is a
- If restoring or working on a
vacant dwelling, post a sign in the window for all the
neighborhood to see announcing who you are and that you are
restoring or working on the structure or grounds.
- Report anyone who has not been
working on a property but who is "working" in a
vacant dwelling whether it is daytime or nighttime. Most
contractors and workmen doing legal business have a sign
posted or a building permit for all to see. Those that do
not may be doing illegal things such as stripping the house
of tubing, etc.
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For more information, contact the Office of
State Senator Vincent J. Fumo.
|1208 Tasker Street|
Philadelphia, PA 19148
|2637 East Clearfield Street|
Philadelphia, PA 19134
|Senate Box 203001|
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001
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