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As you are probably aware, there have been several burglaries in the village over the past few weeks. I want to assure you that the Rye Brook Police Department is working day and night to solve the crimes which have already occurred, as well as to prevent future burglaries. There are things which the police are doing which you may have noticed (such as increased police patrols), and there will be things that you will not notice. Furthermore, our police department has been working closely with the police departments from neighboring municipalities, as there have been similar burglaries in neighboring towns and villages.
If you have a burglar alarm, it is important to remember to arm your alarm system when you are not at home. Ensure that your alarm is connected to a central station that will contact the police if the alarm is activated. An alarm will also alert your neighbors of a burglar's presence. Don't forget to register your alarm with the Rye Brook Police Department.
Also, it is extremely important for us to be able to quickly communicate with as many residents as possible to bring certain issues to your attention. Unfortunately, not all village residents have signed up for village email alerts. We are constantly asking people to sign up for our email alerts at: ryebrook.org/alerts . On that site, there are different types of email lists to sign up for. I suggest signing up for the first two, which are GovDelivery (which allows the police to send emergency emails and texts), and Rye Brook Information which is for more general community information.
Most importantly, if you hear or observe suspicious activity (anything out of the ordinary such as unrecognized parked cars or people), please notify the police immediately by dialing 911. If possible, note the license plate numbers of suspicious cars.
If you go away on vacation, please put your home on the Vacant House list with the Rye Brook Police Department by calling 914-937-1020. An officer will periodically check your home while you are away and in the event something is wrong, we can let you know.
The risk of being burglarized can be greatly reduced by taking simple steps to make your home more difficult to enter and less enticing to would-be burglars.