Thursday, September 22, 2011

Greece No Longer America's "Safest " Community





WHEC-TV reports: A home break-in on Monday on North Drive in Greece has one resident alerting the community about the safety of their neighborhood.

Greece police say that an unknown suspect on North Drive broke into the home through a side door, stealing jewelry from the unoccupied home just after 3 p.m. And while a detective will continue to investigate the case, and a crime prevention specialist will follow-up with the homeowner, Josef Jongen, a neighbor, says that the residents are gravely concerned.

He's put up a sign in his front yard, alerting his neighbors of what's happened to increase their awareness. It reads "Note: Another neighborhood daytime break- in. Locked and alarmed home, Monday 9/19, approximately 3 p.m."

"Before, this was a very safe, middle-class neighborhood," said Jongen, who has lived on North Drive for more than 30 years. He says he can recall four to six break-ins in the last year in a three-to-four street area.

"I'm tired, I'm tired of people beign afraid," he says, describing the neighborhood as a close community, whose residents are now anxious and nervous about their safety.

With the latest incident, Jongen was notified as the emergency contact on the victim's security system.

He's concerned that the suspects are local. His neighbor, Jongen said, had left her home at 3 p.m., and Jongen got the call from the security team around 3:20 p.m., he says.

"it just frustrates me to have these things happen," Jongen says. "It's a neighborhood issue, not just a street issue."

SCATS ~~ Reality hurts ... I'm told we fell to 20th "safest" last year and we're headed much lower again this year.  
  

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know how they feel. I only had my garage broken into many years ago and the feeling was terrible.

I now have the perfect greeters for anyone who breaks into my home; Well trained German Shepards! You would be surprised how protective dogs can be to "their home"!

SCATS said...

To 12:56PM ~~ I believe many of our neighborhoods are cased out by these thieves. My own neighbor's home was burglarized in broad daylight and inside a very narrow timeframe, too. Of course the thieves were NEVER caught either.

Anonymous said...

I too believe that places of interest are looked at before the crime takes place. I also know if I were them, I rather not tangle up with two known large dog breeds who will be seen in their fenced in yard, protecting just their grass.
I don't have problems since my 4 legged companions have moved in, nor do my close and surronding neighbors.

SCATS said...

I hope all of you dog owners dutifully told your homeowner's insurance company when you let Brutus move in ... so they could raise your rates ;)

Anonymous said...

Scats:
They don't raise your rates based on owning a dog, unless of course you had issues in the past with a dog bite. Even then, they just cancel you and you move on. I have had dogs for 28 years in my home and not once had any issue with my homeowners Ins. Policy and all of my dogs were also well trained.

SCATS said...

To 2:35PM ~~ This was explained to me by my agent ... Owning a dog puts you at increased risk ... makes you more of a liability than a non-dog-owning policy holder. I've yet to see an HO policy application that didn't ask about the presence of dog/s, a pool, a trampoline, etc.

Anonymous said...

I live in that area, and I know the park there attracts some questionable folks but I have seen a steady amount of GPD presence since even before the break in happened. Also, one of our neighbors told us that the side door of the some was unlocked, contrary to what it says in the post.

SCATS said...

To 2:44PM ~~ If that's the case, it makes Greece police liars, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

Scats @ 2:46

From what I read it was Mr Jongen who said the house was locked, not the GPD.

SCATS said...

To 3:12PM ~~ From the article I posted, it says: "Greece police say that an unknown suspect on North Drive broke into the home through a side door ..."

Anonymous said...

Scats.
Exactly. It says the suspect broke in through the side door.
Does NOT say the door was locked.

SCATS said...

To 7:31PM ~~ Please explain to me how you "break-in" through an unlocked door? That's called walking in ;)

Anonymous said...

Not when it isn't your house.
One can be guilty of breaking and entering though an unlocked door.

Anonymous said...

It is called "breaking and entering" whether anything was broken. It is unlawful entry into a structure with intent to steal or do something else unlawful. It is burglary if it is from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise. In the day it is called housebreaking.
You can still be "broken into" if the door is unlocked and you are home or not. It gets more troublesome for the criminal if he is caught and has weapons or tools.

SCATS said...

According to www.legal-explanations.com/definitions ~ "(n) Breaking And Entering is the unauthorized entry into a premises by applying force with or without an intention to do a crime. Breaking and entering without intention to do crime is termed as trespassing."

According to http://definitions.uslegal.com ~

"Breaking and entering is the crime of entering a residence or other enclosed property without authorization and some element of force. If there is intent to commit a crime, this is burglary. Without an intent to commit a crime, breaking and entering by itself usually carries a charge of the crime of trespass."

Regarding the time of day issue & burglary, I'm finding that contemporary stautes have extended the time through daylight hours in the legal definition.

Anonymous said...

NYS penal code section 140 still has the time element and burglary or housebreaking does not have to be forcible entry.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused about a couple of things. First, what kind of a "security system" was installed on this house? (Obviously, the homeowner should get his/her money back!) Second, what kind of "security system" calls the NEIGHBOR when there's a break-in? (Shouldn't the system call the POLICE??)

Anonymous said...

SCATS... it's absolutely incredible how much time & effort you will expend to prove you are right!

SCATS said...

To 10:13PM ~~ I see what you mean about not requiring it to be a forcible entry: " A person is guilty of burglary in the third degree when he knowingly
enters or remains unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein."

The time element (night) is contained in the definitions section, but it is not referenced in the specific sections of the code that refer to Burglary in the First, Second or Third degree.

To 10:34PM ~~ My concern is with accuracy, since educating people is important to me.

Anonymous said...

Scats.
Your desire for "accuracy" gets tainted when you suggest that Greece Police are liars with no basis to substantiate the claim.

SCATS said...

To 7:49AM ~~ Your desire to prove SCATS wrong gets tainted when you intentionally misinterpret &/or twist words to make your point, er I mean putdown. What I actually wrote was: "To 2:44PM ~~ If that's the case, it makes Greece police liars, doesn't it?"

SCATS said...

For anyone interested, I've now posted a video that shows the sign the homeowner posted. He claims the door was locked.

Anonymous said...

If that homeowner had bought his security system from Bill Reilich the breakin wouldn't have happened.

SCATS said...

To 1:17PM ~~ Only if he was a registered Republican, I bet lol