Responding to a continuing surge of burglaries, car break-ins and larcenies in the area, the Youngstown Police Department is advising residents to be on guard in their neighborhoods.
YPD Chief Chris Salada, noting last week's mid-day break-in of a residence on nearby Creek Road, reports the department will add patrols and change up the hours of patrols in the village. "The Youngstown Police will also be setting up neighborhood watch meetings, so the community and the police department can share concerns and relay information," says Salada. "The police department recommends the community take simple steps to help deter criminals from taking advantage of residents. Lock your homes and vehicles, use outdoor lighting and sensor lighting, change up your daily routine, keep an eye out for your neighbor and call the police for any suspicious persons or activity."
"The more people call the police when they see or hear something unusual in their neighborhood, it increases the chances of patrols identifying and possibly arresting criminals. In this day and age, we all need to work together to fight crime," says Salada.
Youngstown residents in need of assistance should call 911 for emergencies or the YPD at 745-3623. Those outside the village should call 911 for the Niagara County Sheriff's Office or State Police.