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July 23, 2010
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Philly cops now make tow calls from squad computers

Dispatching accident calls via laptops instead of radio an attempt to thwart wreck-chasers who eavesdrop

By Stephanie Farr
The Philadelphia Daily News

Cops yesterday began dispatching accident calls via laptop computers in police cruisers instead of over police radio in an attempt to thwart wreck-chasers who eavesdrop, then rush to tow jobs.

Councilman Frank Rizzo said he made the suggestion to Jack Gaittens, deputy police commissioner of organizational support services, following heightened violence this week in the wreck-chasing business.

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