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Letter: Fewer Police, More Vandalism in Harrison

HARRISON, N.Y. – The following letter was submitted and written in its entirety by Harrison Chamber of Commerce President Ada Angarano this week to address a recent act of vandalism as a microcosm of why the local police are important to the town.

When I received a call from my son saying "Mom, I have some bad news" Monday morning, my heart sank. He was about to go to class when he saw that his SUV was vandalized and several parts were stolen off of it as well, his heart sank too.

This happened in a friendly neighborhood during the wee hours of Monday morning and the vandals just walked away without any issues, unbelievable!

Now, three only days later I was stopped by our next door neighbor who said that "her husband's iPod was stolen from his car while parked in his driveway" and she added that even with the heavy rain last night it did not stop this rash of criminal acts in our friendly Franklin Park section of town! Now we must all live in fear of being hit someday by this bunch of hoodlums at night! Not a nice way to live in a once safe neighborhood!

I don't know where to begin. It is evident that our town is not immune from this type of criminal behavior but I must plea with our Mayor and with our Chief of Police that this town has more people in it then ever before, yet we have less police protection than ever before, it just does not make any sense. Should we all start taking these matters into our own hands? Become "Vigilantes" like Charles Bronson's "Death Wish" movie? Must we all live in fear, in this town? I think not!

If it means paying more in taxes to be able to feel safe in my own home while I sleep, then I'll gladly pay it as it will end up being much cheaper for me as far as auto & home insurance deductibles go and having my rates rise; not to mention all the unnecessary waste of time waiting for my car's damage to get appraised then another week or so to get repaired! Absurd!

Can't anyone get this town back to some sort of normal? This will not go away it will only get worse if no action is taken. These thieves are having a "heyday" in Harrison. Let's show them we have a police force who don't take these criminal acts lightly!

Angry Resident,Ada Angarano

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