BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Residents around the Elmwood Village have been on alert after a string of at least five break-ins took place in recent weeks.
“Larceny from vehicles are a problem,” said one of the D-District police officers addressing the Delaware Park South Neighborhood Association. “We need you to report this to us even if they just took change out of your console.”
To cope with the increase, police in the area are upping their patrols. Neighborhood member, Charlie Epes said people around the area have been more vigilant as well, adding some folks have even started walking around at night and reporting anything suspicious.
“We all want to look out for our neighbors and be watchful,” said Epes.
Police say, overall, crime in the area is down 10% since the start of the year; larcenies are down 7% but they are still happening.
“If it’s getting hit a lot, were going to set up a detail,” said one of the officers addressing the crowd. “We’ll have more information. So you need to report that. Even if you think it’s minor, to us it’s important.”
“It’s a nicer neighborhood and generally the people aren’t accustomed to having their cars broken into,” said Captain Paul Mullen with the D-District Police. “It’s a concern to everyone living here, working here, coming to the district.”
Police say it’s important to lock your car and stow away any valuables whenever you are leaving your vehicle. If something is happening like a car break-in, call 911 and if you want to report an incident, dial 311.
Police say they’ve made an arrest connected to someone trying to break into cars in the Elmwood Village area. They add they have DNA, finger prints and a suspect in the string of five break-ins that happened in September but they are collecting more information before making an arrest.