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Increased crime a hot topic at Frankford Civic Association meeting

Some residents who live around the intersection of Worth and Orthodox streets want to talk to police about loitering, drug sales and prostitution in their neighborhood.

Last week, Capt. John McCloskey, the 15th Police District’s commander, said they can do just that at 7 p.m. on June 26 at Aria Health’s Frankford campus, 4900 Frankford Ave.

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A handful of residents of the small neighborhood east of Torresdale Avenue brought their concerns to the June 5 Frankford Civic Association meeting.

They said three area bars closed down recently and that fact, along with drug-recovery houses in the neighborhood, has resulted in a lot of people hanging around Worth and Orthodox. Resident Tom Gitto said you can see all those people and drug sales any time of the day. The captain said police are aware of the neighborhood’s troubles.

Nearby, there have been three shootings in the past few weeks, McCloskey said. One of them involved a young woman who was walking home on the 1600 block of Margaret Street, he said.

The meeting the captain will attend is the monthly session of Police Service Area 1. The 15th District is divided into three service areas, and police have arranged to meet with the residents of each to discuss crime problems and crime-fighting strategies. ••

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