GREENBURGH, N.Y. Mrinal Jhangiani crossed the street to visit with her neighbor for 10 minutes. It was around 5:30 p.m. and the sky was dark. Before leaving, she closed her garage door and activated the alarm, leaving her Labrador inside to guard her Edgemont home.
Roughly eight years ago, Jhangiani would not have taken those precautions. Years before, her family used to go sledding down the hill for more than two hours, leaving their garage door wide open. But the recent string of multiple burglaries in the south of Greenburgh has her and her neighbors worried.
"We can't live in fear," said Jhangiani. "I'm scared every time I leave the house. You always worry and say 'when' or 'what if,' and it's not fair to be living like that."
Since the beginning of October, there have been approximately 20 burglaries in the Edgemont area many attempted, a few successful. While the Greenburgh Police Department has heightened security, many residents are still fearful for their families.
Without jeopardizing any investigation efforts, Capt. Chris McNerney, commanding officer of the Greenburgh police department's detective division, said they have committed a lot more resources to the Edgemont and Parkway Homes communities, as those areas have been hit the hardest.
"There are no fewer resources dedicated to the Edgemont community than to the Hartsdale area, Elmsford, Ardsley, White Plains, Irvington or Hastings areas," said McNerney, contradicting Jhangiani's claim that Edgemont receives fewer patrol cars that others neighborhoods.
The recent burglaries are not the first time Edgemont residents have witnessed break ins. Jhangiani said the burglaries began around 2008. Last year, a group of Edgemont residents met with Police Chief Joseph DeCarlo and Town Supervisor Paul Feiner to review what changes the department could implement to make the area safer.
The police department is currently looking to buy several new license plate readers if the 2012 budget passes later this month. The scanners will be placed in areas where multiple crimes have occurred and will help police catch get-a-way cars.
On Dec. 15, Edgemont residents are invited to attend a meeting at the Greenville Elementary School at 7:30 p.m. DeCarlo and McNerney will be available to answer questions, address concerns, hear ideas and resolve misconceptions.
"We hope to share some information about the progress of the investigations," McNerney said.
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