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Bronxville Crime Down, Traffic Tickets Up In 2012

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. –  Crime is down this year in Bronxville compared to 2011, even though traffic enforcement and juvenile cases show an uptick, according to Bronxville Police Department statistics.

Felonies were down 60 percent in the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, and felony arrests were down 71.4 percent. Misdemeanor crimes dropped by 15.4 percent, while misdemeanor arrests were down 18.8 percent, the figures show.

The 19 arrests from January to June of 2012 are 10 less than in the same period of 2011, a 34.5 percent decrease.

“I’m pleased to see felonies are down sharply, as those are the serious crimes,” Bronxville Police Chief Christopher Satriale said. “I’m very pleased with the six-month figures and compliment the men and women of the department who work very hard to make the village safe for all who live, work and visit here.”

Citations for traffic and parking violations, meanwhile, have climbed by 15.3 percent and 2 percent, respectively, this year. Police issued 1,027 traffic tickets from January to June 2012, compared to 891 in the same period of 2011. Comparative parking violation figures were 14,363 in 2012 and 14,075 in 2011.

“Enforcement of traffic laws is the best tool we have to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians,” Satriale said. “The recent increase in personnel in our department has had a direct impact on traffic enforcement.”

No fatal accidents were reported this year or in 2011, and fewer vehicle accidents with injury or with only property damage have been reported in 2012.

The number of incidents involving juveniles, including underage drinking and drug use, rose to 11 in the first six months of 2012 from 7 in 2011.

Satriale said officers have increased anti-drug and alcohol education programs in the Bronxville middle and high schools since spring and will continue to do so when schools reopen in September. Stranger danger and bicycle safety programs at the elementary schools are a focus for younger children, he added.

“We’re definitely increasing the educational component in schools, but we also need help from the parents,” Satriale said. “Know where your kids are going, who they are spending time with, and ask about their activities and associations when they return.”

A recent spate of thefts from unlocked cars and of materials left outside homes by contractors should be a reminder to residents to secure their property, the chief said.

“Contractors should secure their work material and equipment, especially with metal prices up. Install them the same day you receive them when possible, or secure them before leaving,” Satriale said. “We’re also vulnerable this time of the year to bicycle larcenies as more kids ride them. Lock your car, homes and bicycles at all times.

“All these efforts should help us continue to keep crime down in Bronxville,” he added.

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