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Berwick Road Residents Awakened by Masked Men

18BerwickAResidents of Berwick Road in Fox Meadow were awoken by the sounds of two men running through their home around 2 am on Wednesday April 19. According to Captain Thomas Altizio of the Scarsdale Police, the husband and wife heard the suspects making noise and confronted them. The husband grabbed one of the suspects, attempting to detain him – and the wife chased the other one out of the house. After both suspects fled through the front door, the residents called 911. None of their injuries were serious enough to required medical attention.

Police cannot be certain whether there was a car involved, but believe the suspects may have parked one nearby and used it to leave the area.

The suspects, who were wearing masks, did get away with a few items and also left forensic evidence in the house that police have sent to the lab for analysis. This evidence is the police's best shot at identifying the burglars.

Police suspect that this was a crime of opportunity made by petty thieves who were roaming the neighborhood and may have noticed an open window. Captain Altizio says that substance abusers sometimes look for easy ways to steal items like phones, ipads and credit cards to feed their habits. There is no reason to believe this home was targeted.

Police do not believe that this crime was connected in any way to the theft of a Porsche and a Mercedes Benz overnight on Sunday April 16th, also in Fox Meadow. Captain Altizio suspects that the car thefts were the work of experienced thieves who target high-end cars by make and model and often export them abroad. Similar similar car thefts have occurred recently in other towns such as Greenwich. Police believe these two cars may have already left the country.tvcameras

The investigation into the burglary is ongoing, and anyone with information relating to this incident is encouraged to call the Scarsdale Police Department at 914-722-1200 or use their anonymous tips feature here:

Television trucks and cameras were present outside the home on Berwick Wednesday morning. A house across the street is under construction.

The incident has shaken many who are taking precautions, setting their burglar alarms at night and keeping windows locked. One Fox Meadow woman she was contemplating installing a panic button next to her bed with a line to the police.

 

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+1 #11 Mc Gruff 2017-04-24 12:29
In the last 4 years, the police have not caught anyone for car break-ins.

Maybe if they put more effort in the criminals wouldn’t see Scarsdale as easy pickings and the danger presented by them would not have increased!

For a few weeks 2 or 3 years ago, my cars on my street were broken into every other day! How hard could it be to catch someone?

I was tempted to leave my car unlocked with valuables in display just to catch the people myself!
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+1 #10 Jill D. 2017-04-23 13:15
Seem to be increasing or are increasing? Where are the numbers to support 'seem to be increasing?' Yes, we should all be on the look out for suspicious activity. Yet, we should also use alarms, lock our homes and cars, and not leave windows open. Your note trying to inject hysteria is not warranted. Scarsdale is repeatedly named in a variety of surveys, including this week's Niche, as one of the safest suburbs to live in.

Quoting Are we crazy?:
Jill D.

I was just pointing out how people are less focused on public safety than they should be. The fact is that burglary rates seem to be increasing here even as the US has gotten safer. And the attack on a woman in her driveway, followed soon by a home invasion, should get us a bit concerned.

Turret's syndrome? If you had a bit more sensitivity (to those affected by it) or an ability to assimilate information (like counting police reports), maybe you wouldn't be so quick to snap.
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0 #9 Are we crazy? 2017-04-22 17:42
Jill D.

I was just pointing out how people are less focused on public safety than they should be. The fact is that burglary rates seem to be increasing here even as the US has gotten safer. And the attack on a woman in her driveway, followed soon by a home invasion, should get us a bit concerned.

Turret's syndrome? If you had a bit more sensitivity (to those affected by it) or an ability to assimilate information (like counting police reports), maybe you wouldn't be so quick to snap.
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0 #8 Jill D 2017-04-22 11:30
This person has Reval turret syndrome.

Yes, there is crime in Scarsdale. We should be street smart and notify the police when we see something suspicious. Yet, numbers matter. Crime has decreased in the US and crime is low in Scarsdale. We should not get hysterical.

(quote name="Are we crazy?"]Sorry to interrupt everyone obsessed with the Reval, but we are in the midst of a serious and increasingly dangerous crime wave.

Cars stolen from driveways, a dozen or more burglaries, and now a home invasion. We ignore this trend at our own risk.

We would be prudent to install some street cameras, increase patrols, and educate residents about prevention before this trend begets tragic consequences.
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-1 #7 Sarah G. 2017-04-21 19:44
Hold the police accountable how so? Are you suggesting we blame the police for the crimes that are committed by others? I think we need to realize that there is a drug epidemic going on, and crime is increasing nationwide, including Scarsdale. I think it is unrealistic to think that having a police department will eliminate our exposure to crimes. Reduce it, yes, but eliminate it, never. Scarsdale is an upscale community surrounded by several cities with much higher crime rates. If you put more police patrols out, it will likely be a deterrent, but none of us want our taxes to go up any higher.

Quoting Mc Gruff:
When the woman was attacked in her driveway, I posted about how people in Scarsdale need to hold the police accountable and the clear danger we are all in. My post had 30 something negative votes.

I specifically mentioned the danger to our children and multiple break-ins while people were home.

Head in the sand is no way to go through life!
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+2 #6 Mc Gruff 2017-04-20 16:17
When the woman was attacked in her driveway, I posted about how people in Scarsdale need to hold the police accountable and the clear danger we are all in. My post had 30 something negative votes.

I specifically mentioned the danger to our children and multiple break-ins while people were home.

Head in the sand is no way to go through life!
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+2 #5 to Mc Gruff 2017-04-20 16:06
I want safety just like you. But when you say "hold the Police accountable" maybe I just don't understand what you mean by that.

Do you mean to hold their feet to the fire as if they committed the crime? I hope not as that wouldn't be fair. I'm aware of around the number of patrol units active on the average Scarsdale tour. For security I won't state the number, but it's far lower than can guarantee better than 50% odds of a criminal being caught, despite our Village's Police : Household metrics being equal or better than average compared to other locales.

Maybe that's why people didn't like your post--I just don't know.

What I do know is that Policing is a Police AND community endeavor. And while the home invasion was tragic and scary, the car thefts against high end potentially minimally secured cars, while perhaps not the homeowner's "fault," certainly isn't the Police's either.

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+5 #4 Get over it 2017-04-20 08:13
Who said anything about the Reval?

Quoting Are we crazy?:
Sorry to interrupt everyone obsessed with the Reval, but we are in the midst of a serious and increasingly dangerous crime wave.

Cars stolen from driveways, a dozen or more burglaries, and now a home invasion. We ignore this trend at our own risk.

We would be prudent to install some street cameras, increase patrols, and educate residents about prevention before this trend begets tragic consequences.
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+3 #3 Scarsdale Senior 2017-04-20 00:06
Has anyone noticed many if these robberies seem to happen near new home construction sites??
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-2 #2 Are we crazy? 2017-04-19 21:13
Sorry to interrupt everyone obsessed with the Reval, but we are in the midst of a serious and increasingly dangerous crime wave.

Cars stolen from driveways, a dozen or more burglaries, and now a home invasion. We ignore this trend at our own risk.

We would be prudent to install some street cameras, increase patrols, and educate residents about prevention before this trend begets tragic consequences.
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