Lakewood, NJ – The scene is all too familiar.
Someone from our community is robbed, has his house vandalized or the like; we usually have the same reaction. Either we scream and yell why the Police response time was too delayed, or we say to ourselves, “thankfully I live on the other side of town, not my worry.”
The next steps taken are meetings with local officials, pictures taken, and life moves forward.
Life sadly will not move forward for Officer Chris Matlosz who was patrolling my neighborhood this past Friday when he was cruelly gunned down doing his duty.
We can do something positive this time.
How many people do you know that own houses in Raintree as investments?
Will this killing finally be a wake-up call to these so called investors that they are really putting lives at stake? Why is their financial security more important than an entire neighborhood’s safety? Could you imagine the backlash if someone rented their house on avenue I and East twenty Third Street to a family of street thugs or illegal’s? Yet it is OK for them to rent their houses in Raintree to a family of known Drug dealers and ex convicts. Does anyone else think this is absurd? A back ground check would work if only the person being checked is the tenant. We all see these houses, four pickup trucks and three random cars parked in by the curb and all over the once well kept lawn.
The police were here this time, keeping our neighborhood safe. This officer paid the price for my family’s safety.
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