Mamaroneck Town Talks Crime Prevention
09 Feb, 2012
By Diana Marszalek
A lot of crime prevention comes down to common sense.
It’s safer to walk in groups then alone. A home alarm that rings inside and out is a better deterrent then the quieter kinds that don’t offend the neighbors. And don’t bother hiding keys under those fake rocks and other gadgets you see in ads.
“The bad guys watch TV too,” said Mamaroneck Town Police Det. Sgt. Matthew Mehlrose.
That was the Town of Mamaroneck Police Department’s message to the 30 or so neighbors who congregated Wednesday night at the VFW on Boston Post Road for a crime prevention workshop.
Rattled by the recent rash of crimes in the area, neighbors wanted to know the best ways to stay safe.
Town leaders reassured said that the Town of Mamaroneck is indeed a safe community; it has not been affected by the recent surge in home burglaries the way neighboring Larchmont has.
In fact, the number of burglaries and robberies in Town has dropped since 2010.
But the brazen armed robbery in January of a man walking home from the Larchmont train station – possibly linked to similar crimes in Pelham and Eastchester – and multiple car break-ins on Friday, show that no one is immune.
All it takes is two to three minutes for burglars to get what they want out of a home, police said. Leaving house and car doors unlocked makes it all the easier.
As Det. Donn Emonds said, “We understand that you should be able to leave your stuff in your car and it should stay untouched. But realistically, it doesn’t work.”