In Bristol Township, the streets were quiet overnight Tuesday, as 10 National Guard troops helped police patrol darkened neighborhoods and watch businesses to thwart burglars.
“We didn’t have any incidents at all,” police Chief James McAndrew said Wednesday. “I’m hoping their presence stopped any possible burglaries, but we’ll never know.”
On the first night of the storm, police responded to about 10 burglaries and attempted burglaries of businesses that were without security lighting and alarms. McAndrew requested the National Guard troops on Tuesday because he feared more burglaries of businesses, plus looting of vacant houses, on the second night.
Four National Guard Humvees patrolled the township from 8 p.m. to about 6 a.m. , and two troops rode with police to serve as “eyes and ears,” McAndrew said. The troops, based at the armory on Southampton Road in Northeast Philadelphia, were not authorized to make arrests, but were directed to alert police of any incidents.