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Police to Ease Edgemont Burglary Fears at Meeting

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – The recent burglaries in the Edgemont community have stirred up some uneasy feelings in residents. While the Greenburgh Police Department searches for the culprits, they are also meeting with concerned citizens.

On Thursday, Dec. 15, Chief Joseph DeCarlo and Captain Chris McNerney will gather with members of the Edgemont community to give updates on the burglaries and to discuss problems and scare tactics.

"We're doing many things," said DeCarlo. "Obviously, some things we can't release, but we're working closely with other departments. There are definitely similarities throughout the county."

DeCarlo noted that the burglaries in the past two months have mostly occurred on the west side of Central Avenue. They happen after dark, between the hours of 6 and 7:30 p.m., when the burglar can see whose house lights are on.

While the police have made two arrests – for a burglary in the Parkway Homes and an attempted burglary in Hartsdale – Edgemont seems harder to make headway with.

"It's a little tougher," said DeCarlo. "Whether it's a more organized group that's doing it or someone who knows the area, we're certainly looking into that."

DeCarlo and McNerney will also educate residents on strategies they can employ to thwart a potential burglary attempt.

As of Dec. 8, there are less burglaries in Edgemont this year than in 2010, said DeCarlo.

"It's still a lot," he said. "It's certainly a concern of ours, but I don't think people should be panicky. We don't want any burglaries but, realistically, you can't completely stop them even if you had a police officer on every street."

The meeting will take place at Greenville Elementary School, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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