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Francis: Thefts from cars on the rise

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Hilliard Police Chief Doug Francis told the Norwich Township trustees Sept. 3 that thefts from automobiles continue to be a problem.

Francis provides monthly crime reports about the unincorporated areas patrolled by Hilliard officers.

In August, Francis said, the biggest concern was thefts from automobiles, particularly from victims in the Ridgewood and Timberbrook subdivisions.

"We've added some extra patrols there on third shift (overnight hours) and our bike patrol," he said.

Francis did not provide specific figures to the trustees, and they were not available to ThisWeek by press time.

Francis also updated trustees on the transfer of emergency-dispatching services to the Dublin Division of Police, set to go into effect Oct. 1.

The 911 Franklin County Coordinating Board is scheduled to meet Sept. 12 and approve the plan.

From Oct. 1 through mid-January, 911 calls for police only will be rerouted by Dublin to Hilliard for dispatching until Hilliard shutters its call center Jan. 13.

Dublin is one of five primary public safety answering points, or PSAPs, in Franklin County capable of triangulating the source of cellphone calls.

In other business Sept. 3, Norwich Township has selected an administrative assistant for the fire-prevention bureau.

It is a new, full-time position trustees created earlier this year. The annual salary range is $32,000 to $37,000.

The new position is expected to free more time for the fire marshal and inspectors to handle arson investigations, occupancy permit inspections and other duties, Norwich Township Administrator Kate Cavanaugh said.

The trusteesvoted 3-0 Sept. 3 to approve a conditional hire, pending a background check.

The new hire is currently employed and slated to begin working at Norwich Township Sept. 23 but was not identified at the Sept. 3 meeting, Cavanaugh said.

The trustees also voted 3-0 to declare a parcel at 6053 Renner Road in violation of the township's property-maintenance codes.

The property has high grass and appears or abandoned or unoccupied, Cavanaugh said.

Finally, the trustees voted 3-0 to accept the retirement of firefighter Fred Still.

The department will not immediately act to fill the opening, Fire Chief Bob Kaufman said.