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Pelham Sees Minor Increase in 2010 Violent Crimes

PELHAM, N.Y. – The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently released nationwide 2010 crime statistics broken down by state. Both violent crimes and aggravated assaults increased somewhat but at least one Pelham resident is pleased with the village’s results.

The Village of Pelham had 20 recorded violent crimes in 2010, up from 12 in 2009, and 10 aggravated assaults as opposed to only one in 2009, according to FBI data. Pelham also had 10 robberies, which matched the total from 2009 and 100 property crimes, up two from 2009 but well below the average from 2005 to 2008.

Last year, the village had 19 burglaries, up four from 2009, 79 larcenies, up three from 2009, and two motor vehicle thefts, five fewer than in 2009. Pelham had no murders, non-negligent manslaughters, forcible rapes or arsons last year.

There have not been any murders or non-negligent manslaughters and only two forcible rapes in Pelham since 2005.

Richie Bell, who has lived in Pelham for more than 80 years, said the speed of police response is one of the reasons he considers Pelham to be so safe.

“Most of our police officers are from Pelham, which makes a difference,” Bell said.

Lt. Rocco DelGrosso of the Pelham Police Department said the village will probably record roughly the same crime statistics in 2011.

He said most property crimes in the town occur because some people do not lock their cars doors at night and thieves then steal property from the vehicle, including GPS devices and other electronics.

DelGrosso credited the officers on the street as the main reason for Pelham’s crime statistics.

“A lot of it has to do with the diligence of the patrol and the high profile that they’re out there being visible and deterring crime,” DelGrosso said. “All the credit goes to the patrol force.”

Contact Pelham reporter Andrew Meola at ameola@thedailypelham.com.

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