Police on Long Island met with concerned residents in the wake of a series of burglaries that occurred in the past year.
Nassau County Police Lt. Kevin Smith said most of the crimes in Glen Head, Glenwood Landing and Sea Cliff involved the theft of jewelry and cash. He also added that most have been committed during the day.
“What people do sometimes is they leave their house for brief periods of time and they don’t engage their alarms, so that’s something we need people to do.”
The burglars have touched a nerve among homeowners in the hamlets of Sea Cliff, Glenwood Landing and Glen Head, with 21 burglaries in the past 12 months and no arrests. Nearly 400 residents packed an auditorium, demanding action from police. “We’re asking you, please deliver,” one resident said. “It’s been 12 months, 21 burglaries, and families don’t feel safe.”
Residents were frustrated by the common sense prevention tips offered by police, as well as the lack of specifics about possible suspects.
“I don’t know if they’re African American, white, I don’t know if they’re Spanish,” Glenwood resident Dan McAre said. “I don’t know who they are.” Neither do the police, it turns out, as they said the burglars keep changing their tactics.
Authorities stressed that if members of the community see something suspicious, they should not wait to call 911 immediately.
“If you see somebody walking down the street and paying particular attention to a house, or looking down a driveway, call us up. That is suspicious,” Lt. Smith said.
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