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Hundreds attend Henrietta burglaries meeting
Henrietta, N.Y. On Thursday night, hundreds of Henrietta residents attended a meeting to learn more about the recent rash of home burglaries in the area.
The meeting was put together by the town supervisor after some residents had raised concerns.
According to Monroe County Sheriffs Office Captain Jeff Wagner, the problem is not unique to Henrietta and the number of burglaries this year is on par OVERALL? with last years statistics. However, he says there was a spike in the number of burglaries during the summer months. Many of the cases involved the burglars cutting or opening up window screens and some even occurred while the homeowners were sleeping upstairs.
Those crimes of opportunities they are increased in the warmer months, Wagner said.
Wagner explained that concern among residents had increased as more and more people are hearing about neighbors who have been hit.
I've talked to at least 20 people that have been broken into so it's a big amount, said Henrietta resident Mark Conte.
He says many of his neighbors have started warning each other about potential burglaries.
I've been telling people to keep their screens locked day and night and that's how [the burglars] are getting in, Conte said.
A crime prevention officer gave some basic tips on protecting ones home, like using deadbolt lock and closing and locking windows even when its warm outside. He also gave tips that might not be so obvious.
For example, he said people should write down the serial numbers for all their electronics and to get it engraved with their drivers license numbers. When thieves try to sell stolen items, pawn shops are obligated to input all identifying numbers on to a database which police also have access to.
Some of the residents in Henrietta have started up Neighborhood Watch groups in response to the burglaries.
The Monroe County Sheriffs Office also provides free security sweeps at homes for people who are interested in finding out what they can do to make their homes burglar-proof.
Capt. Wagner says there has been some progress in arresting the people responsible for some of the burglaries, but says there are still cases under investigation.