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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Specialized police units address Nashua’s violent crimes

While Nashua Police Chief John Seusing hadn’t seen the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy crime statistics study released last week, he said during the 25 years of the study period, the city has grown in size and the department has been busy.

Among other things, statistics showed that Nashua and Manchester bucked state trends by showing an increase in the rate, per 100,000 people, in violent crimes between 1985 and 2010.

For the report, homicide, manslaughter, rape and aggravated assault were counted as violent crimes.

New policing units were created to address some specific types of crime, Seusing said. Those include the Domestic Violence Unit, the Problem Oriented Policing Unit and the Burglary Unit.

Those units have helped to stabilize crime in the city, Seusing said.

Duties of the Problem Oriented Policing Unit include monitoring gang activity, Seusing said.

He credited the work of the burglary unit with contributing to a 15 percent to 16 percent drop recently in burglaries in Nashua. The domestic violence unit has also been effective, he said.

The focus on domestic violence may have led to an increase in domestic assaults being reported, which may in turn have contributed to an increase in the rate of violent crime, Seusing said.

The per 100,000 rate of property-related crime, such as burglaries, larcenies and auto thefts, declined in Nashua during the study period, as it did throughout the state.

Fundraiser for counselor

Shorty’s Mexican Roadhouse is helping Nashua’s two public high schools raise funds for guidance counselor Tara Veit, who is fighting breast cancer.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Shorty’s will donate 15 percent of food sales to help with Veit’s medical costs. All customers need to do is turn in their receipts when leaving the restaurant to contribute 15 percent of their meals’ costs.

Also, on Wednesday, faculty from Nashua High School North and South will order lunch from Shorty’s to have 15 percent of the bill donated to the Tara Veit Fund. Veit is a guidance counselor at North.

Efficient

Palm Square Residences, a 140-unit apartment complex in the former home of the Moody, Estabrook & Anderson Shoe Co. building, was recently recognized for achieving Energy Star’s 5 Star Energy Efficiency Rating. Energy Star is a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that certifies facilities that meet strict energy performance standards allowing them to conserve energy and expel fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

The building qualified for the 5 Star Rating by using energy-efficient options in almost every aspect of the building’s renovation, Energy Star said.

“We are very pleased to receive this rating, as it recognizes our strong commitment to energy efficiency,” said Mario Plante, president of MDP Development and developer of Palm Square Residences. “The investments made at Palm Square are not only good for the environment and energy conservation, but have also helped tenants save on their energy costs.”

Palm Square Residences opened in the fall of 2008 off West Hollis Street. The facility features a 10,000-square-foot covered atrium and a restaurant.

Meeting time

Another week brings a full slate of meetings, including a Board of Aldermen’s meeting Tuesday at which the city Conservation Commission and aldermen will talk about a controversial land parcel owned by Pennichuck Corp. that has been scheduled to be commercially developed.

For a full schedule of city public meetings, go to this column at www.nashuatelegraph.com.

Nashua … From the Inside was compiled by staff writers Patrick Meighan and Albert McKeon.