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Scarsdale Police: Arrests Up, Burglaries Down

Updated 2:53 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, with chief's comments.

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Arrests were up and burglaries were down in 2010, according to Scarsdale Police statistics.

As of Dec. 20, there had been 102 arrests logged for 2011, up about 40 percent from the 73 in 2010.

"Of particular note in those numbers are 21 DWI arrests in 2011," said Lt. Thomas Altizio, an increase of 110 percent over the 10 in 2010.

Altizio said the department always strives to decrease the number of burglaries, and this year succeeded. There had been 22 burglaries in 2011 as of Tuesday, Dec. 27 -- 17 residential, one commercial and four car burglaries. That is down 62 percent from the 48 reported in 2010.

Chief John Brogan said burglaries and drunk drivers are two prime areas of concern for the department. "Certainly these are two offenses that receive priority response from the Scarsdale Police Department and when we have clear indicators or trends in any type of illegal activity, we direct our enforcement activities toward correcting or mitigating the problem.

"But there are other factors that also drive the number of burglaries that occur in any jurisdiction in any given year," he said, including which burglary rings are operating in a specific region, what type of burglaries they are perpetrating and whether the jurisdiction is conducive to that type of burglary and convenient to the area in which the ring is operating."

As of Dec. 20, Scarsdale Police had responded to 412 auto accidents, compared with 466 in 2010. Overall calls were down as well. Altizio said the department had responded to approximately 13,500 calls as of Dec. 20, as opposed to about 15,000 for all of 2010.

Altizio also singled out three tough cases that stood out in 2011. "A string of jewelry store larcenies/robberies were solved," Altizio said, "in part because of the observations of an alert Scarsdale police officer who noted a suspect's description and vehicle information, which assisted in identifying him and let to his arrest." Those robberies occurred in several communities in Westchester County.

Detectives investigating an assault involving multiple assailants at the Scarsdale Train Station were able to use video surveillance footage to eventually arrest seven suspects in the attack, he said. And, in April, "Scarsdale detectives arrested a contractor who swindled a 92-year-old Scarsdale resident out of $2,400 cash for home repairs he never performed by driving her to the bank and making her withdraw the cash," Altizio said. The defendant was charged with grand larceny.

The Police Department completed two moves in 2011. "The Dispatch Center located in the temporary trailers across Fenimore Street from the Public Safety building was relocated back into renovated headquarters without any interuption in services to the public," Altizio said. Several weeks later, all remaining Public Safety personnel were relocated into the renovated headquarters from the temporary offices at the Public Works facility.

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