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Burglaries At 'All-Time Low' In Greenburgh

Greenburgh Police Chief Chris McNerney.
Greenburgh Police Chief Chris McNerney. Photo Credit: Greenburgh Police Department

Greenburgh Supervisor reported on Friday, Feb. 9 that burglary reports in the town during 2017 were at their lowest level since the own began to maintain crime records.

Greenburgh Police Chief Chris McNerney released statistics on Part I Criminal Offenses for the year 2017. Part I Offenses are considered serious crimes by the United States Department of Justice.

Included in this category are Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Homicide, Larceny, Motor Vehicle Theft, Robbery and Rape.

During the year 2017, a total of 671 Part I Offenses were reported to the department as compared to the 839 reported during 2016, a drop by 168 cases -- or about 20 percent.

Key crimes that saw significant reductions were Larceny (23%) and Burglary (17%). The 29 burglaries tallied in 2017 was the lowest number ever reported in the Township since the department began maintaining crime records, according to Feiner and McNerney.

Chief McNerney reported that many of the town's crime prevention initiatives that included partnering with the members of its community have resulted in the significant reduction in crime.

Part II Offenses decreased from a total of 1266 in 2016 to 1025 in 2017. This decrease by 241 incidents represents a 13% decrease. Included in this catagory are Simple Assaults, DWI’s, Sex Offenses (except rape), Drugs, Criminal Mischief, Fraud/Forgery, Public Order, and Theft Offenses.

Minor increases in several crimes were noted. The increase in motor vehicle theft was largely attributable to vehicle keys being left in unlocked cars during overnight hours. This accounted for four of the motor vehicles reported stolen in 2017.

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