Niagara Gazette


December 17, 2012

HIGGS: Cheers to Niagara Falls' police chief


Niagara Gazette — Am I even suggesting we are becoming a dumping ground? Yes I am! Fussy landlords are telling me it is getting harder to find good tenants. That is one of the reasons I support the student loan assistance initiative the Community Development Department is working on. Come on — what’s wrong with helping a different element of our society? We are “paying” many more people to live here. Just ask your Social Services Department to give you an idea of their “new business.” It sure is a lot more than 20 and it sure costs us a lot more that $7,000 over two years.

The cost is not only in dollars, but property damage to housing which eventually results in vacant housing when the owner no longer cares about making the repairs and simply abandons it for demolition which we ultimately pay for in some manner. I am certainly not saying that everyone on assistance is a tenant risk, but landlord experience has indicated this is a part of their current problem. The end result is another block with another eyesore and another reason to keep a good tenant or homeowner from moving down the street.

Since I am not being positive today, let’s talk about car break-ins. If you purchase a GPS system as a gift for someone this year, please put a big note on it. How about something like this? Hi! I Have Come Into Your Life To Help You Find Your Way. Please Do Not Leave Me In The Car Alone! Also, watch yourself about leaving personal items and gifts visible in your car and at least keep it LOCKED. Can you believe all those police reports in the newspapers about “unlocked” vehicle thefts? Purses, cash, GPS, and other assorted hot items which become even hotter. Take that extra few minutes when you come home to bring in everything that is visible and then lock your car. Hotel owners — take note and include a written piece of advice in your rooms to remind your guests to do likewise. I have seen this in many of the places I have visited so it has become sort of the norm and people just need to be reminded we live in a different world today and it pays to be more careful.

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