PELHAM, N.Y. Pelham was hit by a pair of armed robberies in January and Pelham Manor was the site of two burglaries in December and February, but residents in both communities said they feel safe thanks to the police departments.
They do a great job, said Tricia DiNapoli, owner of Tricias Unisex Salon. I feel very safe with the police.
She said she was hoping the robberies and burglaries were just a blip and not the start of an ongoing trend.
Its not normal for this town, said the hair stylist. Although the town has changed, but hopefully it was just random occurrences.
Pelham Memorial friends Taylor Maloney and Alyssa Marrero said residents of Pelham and Pelham Manor have to be more cautious.
I think I take a little more precaution when it comes to things now, but I still walk home from school and stuff sometimes, said Maloney. I definitely say I look over my shoulder more.
Marrero stressed that you have to be aware of your surroundings no matter where you go because the problems occurring in Pelham and Pelham Manor could happen anywhere.
You definitely want to be more cautious now, she said. We always say, 'Pelham is safe,' but everywhere you have to be careful. Its always good to be cautious all around you.
The junior realized that both communities have wealthy areas and there are people who know and will try to take advantage of that.
We live in a wealthy neighborhood too, said Marrero. Were around everybody. They could be coming for us. We really have to be careful.
The robberies and burglaries are happening more now than in Pelham and Pelham Manor because of the down economy, according to Mike Grund of the Depot Market.
The economys down, people have no jobs, gas is $4.25 a gallon things like this start to happen, said the co-owner and executive chef of the Depot Market. People start robbing, all of that stuff increases.
He pointed out that it could be a lot worse in Pelham.
Now this is a small town, but imagine whats going on in New Rochelle or Mount Vernon right now, he said. Im sure its every day something is going on.
Grund said that ultimately its a safe town, but that the economy has a total effect on what happens. He commended the Pelham Police Department for keeping residents safe.
Dave Katz, co-owner and executive chef, thinks it is a matter of people being aware of their surroundings. He also praised the police department for its work.
Were a safe town, he said. They have an experienced police department and a good police presence. I think the problem is that, like any other town, people need to be aware of their surroundings. If youre not aware of your surroundings, you make yourself a target plain and simple. Know where you are, be aware of what could possibly happen to you if youre not being careful, and then take it from there.
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