Texting in a Crime Wave: Warning Neighbors in Larchmont and Mamaroneck
06 Feb, 2012
By Diana Marszalek
Larchmont neighbors are on guard – and continue informing neighbors by email and texting – following the most recent burglaries in the normally low-crime town.
Late last week, residents circulated a text message urging others to step up protecting themselves against thieves:
Important alert! Make sure all doors are locked @ night & garage too. 2 more burglaries since last week, willow ave & ocean ave. houses were entered at night when people were home. Pass this on.
The current rash of burglaries and car break-ins in Larchmont and Mamaroneck started before the December holidays and, according to residents, continue. The January robbery of a man on Glenn Road in the Town of Mamaroneck as he was walking home from the Larchmont train station left neighbors particularly frightened.
There were two armed robberies near the Pelham train station last month as well and Pelham Police Chief Joe Benefico thinks the suspect in those crimes may be the same as that in the robbery on Glenn Road.
The Town of Mamaroneck and Larchmont Gardens Civic Association will host a crime prevention workshop at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the VFW/Senior Center, 1288 Boston Post Road in Larchmont.
“I never gave walking home from the train a second thought and now I do,” says Larchmont’s Dave Bradley, one of the victims of a car break-in.
Bradley says he used to be lax about locking doors before becoming a target. “This community was used to not having these things happen,” he says.
“Now we’re getting used to it,” he says. “I know I am.”
Larchmont Village Police continue to be unresponsive to our inquiries.