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Upper Darby Safe Zone for internet purchases


Upper Darby residents can now make purchases from websites like Craig’s List at the safe zone right here inside the Upper Darby Police Station. Monday, Upper Darby Mayor Tom Micozzie, Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood and Lt. James Reif made the announcement to ensure residents a safe place to exchange goods and payments. The plan was put into effect on Cyber Monday because “We picked Monday because in our opinion it is the beginning of the true Christmas shopping season,” Chitwood said. The Safe Transaction Zones are the entrance lobby of the police station and the curbside in front of the police station at 7236 West Chester Pike.

According to Chitwood, “We placed one sign in front of the police station on the grass and another sign in the lobby designating a safe online transaction zone for Facebook, Craigslist and eBay buyers and sellers” and that “The purpose is to protect community members who buy and sell on social media.” The idea for the safe zone had been discussed when Upper Darby resident Jill Melissa Carey’s post on Facebook on the page Upper Darby Sentinel News. She wrote on Facebook that “This will help ensure safety for buyer/seller, cut down those crimes, benefitting police as well, they won’t have a call to investigate. No paper work, no man power used to investigate or look for this criminal.”

Chitwood continued the description of the safe zone as” police will not act as witnesses and are not available for legal advice or allowed to settle disputes. Our goal is to prevent crimes. These social media online transactions are increasing daily and so are the issues where the safety of the buyer and or the seller is jeopardized. Mayor Tom Micozzie said that “I think it’s a great idea just to prevent a problem,” Micozzie said. “Hopefully, we can prevent something from happening. Lt. Reif checked into it and found Cherry Hill, N.J., and Norristown have programs, so he got additional information to establish a Safe Transaction Zone right here in Upper Darby. Chitwood talked about the dangers attributed to Craigslist sales, that “Law Street identified 58 murderers and 45 murder victims connected to Craigslist postings (from 2009 through June 2014).” Chitwood also said that “each of these crimes stemmed from a Craigslist interaction of some sort. It’s a problem. These bums are out there ready to pounce. They rob, they steal, they pillage and we don’t want it to happen here.” There have not been any crimes reported here in Upper Darby as a result social media exchanges.

Chitwood said, “We have had identity thefts and checks stolen, but nothing involving social media, and we don’t want it to happen here.” Chitwood also remarked, “People can come right into the lobby for the exchange. This is a preventative, proactive approach. We are offering the police station as a safe haven for these exchanges. Our goal is to prevent crimes that could potentially occur when individuals engage in online transactions with strangers.”

Upper Darby loses a great one, Jack Shingle former coach, councilman

Upper Darby lost a friend and tireless champion of the community. Former Upper Darby Councilman, former football coach, former truant office director, Jack Shingle died February 13th. Jack Shingle was a friend, a mentor, a community spokesman and the love he had for Upper Darby was seen in so many ways. Jack Shingle made Upper Darby his home, for over 60 years even graduating from Upper Darby High School. Jack married his wife, Dorothy, raised his children Dorothy, Jack (III) and proudly made Upper Darby his home.


Jack Shingle served his community in the Upper Darby High School and local CYO football programs where he coached for decades. A Republican, he was also Upper Darby’s 4th District Councilman for 20 years before stepping down in 2011. Jack was a fixture in the area. Once, when the equipment bin was broken into at the Observatory Park and the phone call to the police was made, Jack made it to the playground faster than the Upper Darby police department. He was instrumental in helping the area playgrounds have snack stands that were a great addition to the teams that played at the various playgrounds.


There were so many times that Jack Shingle stepped up to care for those in the community.  A few years before Jack Shingle retired as a Councilman, an employee of the township passed away suddenly. He had worked in the sanitation department since he had graduated from high school. When Jack was told of this man’s untimely death, he was right there to help the family through the funeral arrangements, making sure others in the township knew of this man’s death and then finally helped raise money so the family could make ends meet. There are so many examples of Jack’s generosity throughout the years for this community that it is difficult to narrow down the acts of kindness that Jack displayed.


On a personal note, Jack Shingle was my friend. Jack was a mentor who taught me to speak up for my neighborhood and instead of just picking at what is wrong doing something about it. Don’t wait for the next guy to fix it, get up and do the work yourself. Create the environment you want to be in. Take care of your family and your neighbors. The phrase it takes a village, well that could be said of Jack Shingle. Jack Shingle was the village helping many of us live in the best that Upper Darby could be.


To the Shingle family, thank you for sharing your dad with us. So many of us as kids have Jack Shingle to thank for mentoring us, for coaching us and for setting us on the right path. Most of all, thank you Jack Shingle for being you. Thank you for all the hours you gave to this community.