At the extremely
successful “Salute to Seniors Day” this past Saturday, where we said a
Village-wide thank you for all the contributions of our senior citizens, our
Police Chief was perhaps the most listened to speaker as he shared safety tips
with the audience.
Much of the information
seems so applicable to all our residents, not just our seniors, and thus worth
sharing with a wider audience.
Our Police Department
offers many safety services that add to the peace and security of Village
can leave a house or apartment key at the Police Department where it will be
stored in a secure and locked cabinet.
It can be signed out for something as mundane as a lock out to being
used by police and fire emergency services.
As illustration, just last week, a 90 year old plus resident fell during
the night and could not reach the door.
Because we had her key on file, the police did not have to smash in her
door or call a relative or the super, and were able to get her medical aid
police will also do a security evaluation of residences, advising on door and
window locks, whether more lighting is needed or if trees and hedges should be
trimmed to enhance visibility.
away, even for only a few days, a call to our department for a “Dark House”
patrol will result in an officer checking on your property daily.
is extremely helpful if you alert our Police Department to any particular needs
of the home occupants – whether someone is hard of hearing, wheelchair bound or
has emotional needs. Our Police
Department can then tailor their response to one’s particular situation,
resulting in a better and tailored response.
Some other vacation tips
timers on TVs and radios as well as lights so the house appears occupied.
ringers, especially in apartments, should be lowered as an audible persistently
ringing phone is a sign of an empty apartment.
a neighbor to pick up the Penny Saver or other advertisements that cannot be
cancelled as the red wrappers in a driveway are a public notice that no one is
when home, cars should always be locked and valuables removed from plain
site. The vast majority of our car
thefts are not break-ins, rather crimes of opportunity when unlocked doors are
tried, opened and GPS, money and valuables taken.
upon return to your home you think something has been disturbed, do not enter
your residence, rather dial 911 from the street or a neighbor’s home. If you enter your home, the intruder could
still be inside and/or you might touch items and destroy anything of
is important to note that the Bronxville as well as the Eastchester and
Tuckahoe Police Departments never solicit support by phone so any such funds
raised never reach the departments.
recently, residents have been receiving very professional looking notices
alerting them to “free” airline tickets or lotteries they have won, all just
requiring a small check to secure the huge prize. As a rule, if it sounds too good to be true,
it probably is.
more insidious recent scam is transmitted through the email system as well as
the phone. A “concerned” person alerts
someone that a friend’s wallet was stolen or a grandchild’s car broken down and
money must be sent immediately. The
perpetrators are quite clever, often knowing the correct names of the
grandchildren or friend in need.
Some other excellent
safety tips shared by Chief Christopher Satriale include:
car and house keys on separate rings and unlabeled, so if lost, cars and homes
are not vulnerable to theft.
and their doses, blood type and special medical conditions of each family member
should be in an envelope on a bulletin board or affixed to the refrigerator so
that if EMS is needed, the responders will immediately know your allergies or
particular medical needs. These have
proved to be lifesaving documents.
moving into a new dwelling, always have the locks re-keyed or changed.
living alone, only list your last name on the mailbox and in the telephone
ask for identification before allowing any service worker into your home. Unfortunately, uniforms of various companies
are not that difficult to purchase to deceive a homeowner to gain entry.
finally, if you see or hear anything suspicious, do not hesitate to call the
police and do so immediately. As trained
professionals, let them make the final determination of the activity.