Security Update

From the Federation Security Team

Please Be Aware

An individual has been charged with the theft of multiple “We Stand with Israel” street signs in Squirrel Hill. He was caught on home surveillance cameras on the evening of May 13 driving up to specific homes in a white pick-up truck, walking up to the home, stealing the sign and placing it in the back of his truck and driving off.

The individual arrested for Ethnic Intimidation related to stolen/desecrated Israeli flags is now being investigated by the City Controller for possible inappropriate payments. See article below for more information.

Intelligence agencies have noted an increased potential for Foreign Terrorist Organization-Inspired violence against LGBTQIA+ communities in the US during Pride Month which occurs in June. At this time, we have no information that ties any threat activity to the Pittsburgh area.

With the uptick in graffiti, stolen yard signs, and antisemitic activity, please consider joining the Jewish Federation’s Virtual Block Watch Program, a volunteer network that can be called upon to provide residential or business video surveillance footage to help prevent, deter and possibly solve crimes. The program is entirely voluntary and is designed to keep our community safe through collaboration. More information visit

Year to date in 2024, the Jewish Federation has logged 120 incidents in our Virtual Command Center. This compares to 41 for the same period in 2023. We remain in a heightened threat environment and are working closely with law enforcement to monitor potential threat activity. Please continue to report any suspicious incidents to us using the Incident Report form.


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