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Greater Police Presence Needed

(The following is a letter from a Roslyn resident to Nassau County Police officials reprinted at the author’s request.)

I am writing to you today as a concerned resident in the Village of Roslyn Estates. As you probably are aware, our village has experienced an unusually high number of home invasions recently. In fact, I am aware of six that have occurred just in the past several months.  Perhaps there are more that I am unaware of. By comparison to the past few years, it seems alarming. Of course, I am sure the economy has something to do with it and I would suspect that our village is probably not the only one that has seen a rise in crime. However, with some of these break-ins occurring while our neighbors were home, I am particularly concerned about the safety and well being of my family and friends.

Recently, our village officials invited one of the patrolmen from the sixth precinct to speak to the residents, at our Village Hall meeting of the board of trustees. He was helpful, answered some questions and made some suggestions. However, sadly the break-ins have continued and in fact, they seem to have escalated. Of course, there is only so much a patrolman can do. Hence, I suggest that additional support is needed. The purpose of this letter is to request additional support and increased surveillance of the area. Please note that this is not criticism, but a plea for stepped up assistance. I know that my family as well as our friends and neighbors feel considerably safer when they look out their windows and see a police officer passing by on patrol. My wife and I are personally concerned for the well being of our 11-year-old son as it was one of his classmates who was home during one of the recent home invasions. We are all grateful that he was not harmed in any way, at least physically. I am sure that the experience left a mark on him, though difficult to measure.

Again, we are grateful for the protection that you provide to our community and I am merely submitting this request to ask for increased police patrols during this sensitive time. Please let me know if this can be accommodated and how we can better help you to serve us.