Updated 02/15/2013 07:41 PM
Hyde Park police warn residents of increased burglaries
The Town of Hyde Park Police Department is encouraging residents to be vigilant after a slew of home burglaries in the community. Eva McKend reports.
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HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- "Seems to be within the last few weeks, we’ve had a recent string of residential burglaries as well as vehicle break ins throughout the Town of Hyde Park," said Hyde Park Lieutenant Robert Benson.
Residents in Hyde Park are walking into their homes only to find cash and other valuables stolen. The burglaries began to spike in mid January. While police don't have any suspects at this time, they do think they have a motive.
"With the economy being so bad and people without jobs, it results in criminal activity. People are also looking to find proceeds to be able to fund their drug habits," said Benson.
This community in Dutchess County is not alone. Authorities in Sullivan County say the burglaries there may be linked to the increase in heroin use in the area. Residents in Hyde Park say despite the problem, they still feel safe.
"I feel safe here. Like I said, my daughter’s been here for 17 years now and they’ve never had a problem," said Hyde Park resident Jackelyn Concepcion.
"I’ll just keep more of an eye out around the area and make sure my neighbors are safe," said Karl Wegman.
Police say the best way to keep an eye out is to alert them if they see something uncommon or unfamiliar in the community. They are still looking for clues, but say with the snow on the ground, they have been able to find homes with foot prints matching the foot prints that were at the confirmed burglaries. No arrests have been made so far.