MAYOR MARVIN’S COLUMN: Bronxville Police Chief Satriale Speaks to Safety Awareness and Security Tips By MARY C. MARVIN

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MARVIN_Mayor Mary C - Black outfit-white pealrsAt 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

As example:

  • Residents
    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
  • Our
    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.
  • If
    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. 
  • It
    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

  • Putting
    timers on TVs and radios as well as lights so the house appears occupied.
  • Phone
    ringers, especially in apartments, should be lowered as an audible persistently
    ringing phone is a sign of an empty apartment.
  • Ask
    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
  • Even
    when home, cars should always be locked and valuables removed from plain
    site.  The vast majority of our car
    are not break-ins, rather crimes of opportunity when unlocked doors are
    tried, opened and GPS, money and valuables taken. 
  • If
    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
    evidentiary value.
  • It
    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.
  • Just
    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.
  • A
    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:

  • Keeping
    car and house keys on separate rings and unlabeled, so if lost, cars and homes
    are not vulnerable to theft.
  • Medications
    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.
  • When
    moving into a new dwelling, always have the locks re-keyed or changed.
  • If
    living alone, only list your last name on the mailbox and in the telephone
  • Always
    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.
  • And
    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.

Mary C. Marvin is the mayor of
the Village of
Bronxville, New York. If you have a suggestion or comment, consider directing your
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  1. as an additional piece of security , a .357 might help, while you are waiting those long minutes for the police to arrive. more women are arming themselves. take an nra safety course and arm yourself.

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