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NJ Mayors Team Up to Combat City Issues

Monday, July 28, 2014

The mayors of Newark, Jersey City, and Paterson, New Jersey have announced a joint initiative to address violent crime and other public safety issues in their cities.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Disaster Preparedness and Response

Friday, October 04, 2013

It’s Public Safety Week on the Brian Lehrer Show’s election series “30 issues in 30 Days.” See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

30 Issues Public Safety Week wraps up with a look at disaster response and the next mayor with Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia School of Public Health.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Anti-Terror

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

It’s Public Safety Week on the Brian Lehrer Show’s election series “30 issues in 30 Days.” See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Richard Aborn, head of the Citizens Crime Commission, discusses the future of anti-terror efforts in NYC under the next mayor and NYPD commissioner.

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WNYC News

Roosevelt Islanders Call on Safety Chief to Quit

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Around 100 islanders marched in the streets Sunday. They said that under Guerra's leadership, the Department has been needlessly confrontational, especially with teenagers.

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WNYC News

Mayoral Candidates Talk Public Safety Post-Bloomberg

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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When it comes to public safety, the 2013 mayoral candidates seem to agree on one thing: add more police officers. Beyond that, the candidates differ — to varying degrees — on who those officers would report to, where they would be deployed and what policies they would follow.

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WNYC News

Roosevelt Island Residents Demand Public Safety Department Changes

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

On Roosevelt Island, residents are asking for a change in their public safety leadership after an incident involving a resident who said he was beaten by public safety officers while waiting for a friend in front of a building.

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WNYC News

New Ads School Clueless Pedestrians, Aggressive Drivers and Wrong-Way Bicyclists

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

To ensure compliance with the rules of the road, the New York City Department of Transportation is mounting a public safety campaign to make sure New Yorkers are displaying situational awareness. Watch the ad, which features the Knicks' Baron Davis throwing a basketball at a phone-hypnotized pedestrian.

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The Takeaway

Fire Trucks in Baltimore: Brought to You by...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What happens when a struggling city government seeks corporate sponsorship? Cities across the country are considering the question. For example, KFC has sold ads on manhole covers and fire hydrants in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee to help cities to cover their infrastructure costs.

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WNYC News

Nassau PBA Rejects County Plan to Reorganize Police Precincts

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Nassau County’s Police Benevolent Association is blasting the county executive’s plan to reorganize four of the county’s eight police precincts into Community Policing Centers.

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Transportation Nation

Drag Racing and Drug Smuggling Drive Houston's Car Thefts

Monday, November 21, 2011

Photo by Gail Delaughter/KUHF

(Houston, TX -- Gail Delaughter, KUHF)  When you check out the list of most stolen vehicles in Houston you typically see heavy-duty trucks, usually Ford and Chevys.  But during the month of October Honda cars took the top spot. Police say close to two hundred Hondas were reported stolen, and they have a good idea as to why those cars are popular with thieves.

"People have gone out and taken some older cars, turned around and upgraded the motors and transmissions for street racing," said Houston Police Department Auto Theft Investigator Jim Woods.

He explained that Honda has turned out a lot of cars over the years and that means there's a lot of available vehicles. Woods says motors burn out during the wear and tear of street racing, so thieves will go looking for a vehicle they can use for replacement parts. Cars that are modified for racing can also wind up stolen.

"So if you have somebody that's got a car they've turned around, and made some modifications to, they could have put quite a bit of money into it. And performance-wise it could have a lot more horsepower that what it was originally designed for," Woods added.

And while cars top the list of stolen vehicles, Woods says trucks are still popular targets. He says stolen trucks are often taken to border areas where they're used to transport illegal immigrants. They're also used to smuggle drugs. Trucks are preferred by thieves who want to evade police, Wood, says. "They just drive [the stolen vehicle] off-road and drive as far back as they can before everybody bails out."

Noticeably absent from Houston's stolen-car list are high-end vehicles like Mercedes and BMW. Woods says the reason for that is that luxury cars aren't sold in the same volume as less-expensive vehicles. Also manufacturers have made those cars harder to steal.

Listen to the radio version of this story at KUHF.

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