SUGGESTIONS DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON--HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME SAFER
SECURITY UNIT THAT PROVIDES IMMEDIATE VIDEO AND AUDIO COMMUNICATION TO SMARTPHONE
This past Halloween when the Police Chief and I were patrolling the streets of Greenburgh the Chief showed me an inexpensive way for you to protect your property. A Ring.Com doorbell/security unit provides you with immediate video and audio communication to your smartphone when the doorbell button of your home is pushed (via a Wi-Fi connection). If you are on vacation, out during the day or night you get to see who is at your door in real time.
Burglaries are down and crime continues to be low in Greenburgh. Taking advantage of technology could help keep Greenburgh a safe place to live and work. we encourage residents to consider these inexpensive security devices. There may be other security devices from different companies that you should also consider using.
I am also attaching a link to the Ring.com doorbell/security unit.
We believe that The Ring.com doorbell has many security features that can help residents protect themselves from being victimized and assist law enforcement with follow up investigations.
Here are just a few:
· Investigations have found that burglars often ring a doorbell or knock on a front door to test whether a home is occupied.
· The Ring.com doorbell provides immediate video and audio communication (to any smartphone) when the doorbell button is pushed (via a wi-fi connection).
· The Ring.com doorbell has standard options to additionally activate the recording mode when motion is detected. For hard-wired installations, live time viewing is an additional option.
· The Ring.com security doorbell can be expanded to include “smart door locks” and other Ring.com units.
· The Ring.com doorbell is easy to install by using existing electrical wiring or a rechargeable battery (included with purchase).
· Cloud storage (for recordings) is very reasonable.
Here is the link to the Ring.com website for additional information:
The crime of burglary is generally a crime of opportunity. As nightfall comes upon us earlier, burglars have the advantage of darkness to help them commit their crimes. Burglars generally target vulnerable homes in affluent communities. Nearly all affluent communities in Westchester County are dealing with the burglary crime problem. What makes a home vulnerable? The following is a partial list of obvious conditions that make a home vulnerable:
· An unlighted home. Absence of interior lighting indicates a home is unoccupied. *(Most common)
· Ground floor windows left unlocked and/or open.
· Residence doors left unlocked and/or open.
· Garage doors left open.
· Accumulated newspapers outside residence.
· Mail accumulated in mailbox.
· Snow un-shoveled.
· Grass Overgrown.
· Packages left in plain view.
This is only a partial list. In addition to addressing the above conditions, there are many steps that you can take to assist us combating this intrusive crime. Among them are:
· Setting your alarm. Many times, burglary victims have alarms that were not set.
· Installing exterior lights with motion sensors.
· Securing valuables in discreet locations other than the master bedroom.
· Partnering with the police. If you see something suspicious, call police.
Residents who would like information on how to make their homes more secure or be involved in a neighborhood watch program should contact Sergeant Norman Hall of our Community Policing Unit at 914-989-1715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris T. McNerney
Chris T. McNerney
Chief of Police