September 2023 Public Safety Newsletter


This is the next installment of Larchmont's monthly Public Safety Newsletter! Every month, pertinent information from the Larchmont Police, Fire, and Code Enforcement Departments will be curated for the residents of our amazing village. Safety tips, events, and other highlights will be displayed. If you require any additional information you may call the Larchmont Police Station at 914-834-1000 or the Larchmont Fire Station at 914-834-0016. 

In the case of an Emergency please call 911

Larchmont Police Department

Safeguard Your Belongings

The Larchmont Police Department would like to remind everyone about the importance of safeguarding your belongings and preventing theft from vehicles. Residents need to remain vigilant in protecting your property. Let's work together to keep our community safe. By following these simple steps, we can reduce the risk of vehicle theft and maintain a secure environment for all.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

As we approach the Labor Day weekend, the Larchmont Police Department wants to ensure a safe and enjoyable time for everyone on the roads.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) kicked off its "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" national enforcement mobilization campaign. Data shows that fatal accidents involving alcohol-impaired-driving has been on the rise. NHTSA urges everyone to plan ahead and never drive after consuming alcohol or marijuana. 

Grandparent Scam Information

Grandparents often have a hard time saying no to their grandchildren, which is something scam artists know all too well. Scammers who gain access to consumers' personal information, by mining social media or purchasing data from cyber thieves can create storylines to prey on the fears of grandparents. The scammers call and impersonate a grandchild- or another close relative - in a crisis situation, asking for immediate financial assistance. Sometimes these callers "spoof" the caller ID to make an incoming call appear to be coming from a trusted source. Often the imposter claims to have been in an accident or arrested. The scammer may ask the grandparent "please don't let mom and dad know," and may hand the phone over to someone posing as a lawyer seeking immediate payment, a government official or a bail bondsman. The person receives a phone call initiated with a phrase like, "Hi Grandma/Grandpa! Do you know who this is?", or something similar. If the grandparent responds with a name, the con artist assumes the name is a grandchild's and uses it to pose as the grandchild. The "grandchild" describes some type of urgent trouble, often in a foreign country, and begs the grandparent to immediately wire money through Western Union or MoneyGram to pay for medical treatment, bail money, auto repair, or a ticket home. By claiming that they are embarrassed or there is no time to talk to others, the con artist tries to dissuade the grandparent from contacting the grandchild's parents or friends. Always use caution if you are being pressured for information or to send money quickly. Scammers often try to bully victims into transferring money through a mobile payment app, by wiring money, or by purchasing gift cards or money orders. Some may even request to meet to receive money in person. If you get a call like this, hang up and report it immediately to local law enforcement.

How to Avoid

Contact a family member who could confirm the caller's story. Try contacting the real grandchild at a number you know is accurate. You can also ask questions of the caller, the answers to which only the real grandchild would know. Be attentive to whether the caller is answering in detail or just guessing the answers. This scam depends upon a grandparent's compassion for their grandchildren outweighing any concern about potential scams. The various excuses created by fraudsters almost always involve an emergency and a desire for secrecy. A scammer often claims that there is no time to speak to others or that the "grandchild" will be embarrassed if other family members know about the situation. Fraudsters ask for secrecy because they know if you contact another family member, you will discover the scam. If you receive a fraudulent phone call like the Grandparents Scam, try to trace the call. Also, you should promptly file a criminal complaint.

Larchmont Fire Department

Lithium Ion Battery Safety

Please help to keep you and your family safe by following these helpful tips below regarding Lithium-Ion Batteries. And remember, if there is a fire or overheated battery call 911 immediately!

Fire Safety Presentations

If you are interested in having a presentation for your group, organization, or school here in the Village of Larchmont, call Lieutenant Boettcher at 914-834-0015 Ext 5 or email [email protected]

For additional presentations, join us at Larchmont Day on September 23rd!


Next Month's Feature

October is Fire Safety Month! We will have many pieces of information for you and your family to keep you safe.

Village of Larchmont Codes Bureau

The Sanitation Commission will collect yard waste between April 6th to October 27th.  Questions? Call Sanitation at 914-381-7810

The following regulations apply to Yard Waste material set out for collection:

  • Yard waste is: grass clippings, leaves, small branches (bundled) and other plant material, no dirt is to be mixed in. Dirt is not yard waste and will not be collected
  • Yard waste is collected on your second garbage collection day either Thursday or Friday
  • Yard waste may not be set out earlier than the night before collection, and should be set out by 6:30am on your second day of collection
  • Yard waste must be set out in compostable brown bags or in a clean garbage can. Plastic bags are not acceptable
  • The Commission will NOT collect more than five (5) bags or five (5 ) cans of yard waste in any one collection. Excess material may be brought to the Maxwell Avenue Recycling Center by residents only. Landscapers and Gardeners may not bring organic material to the facility
  • Bags/cans of organics may not weigh more than 75lbs

Above: Firefighter Allen

Spotlight on your Emergency Services Personnel

Every month, we will be featuring one member from our Police and Fire Departments to help our residents get to know us better. Next up is Firefighter Sean Allen from the Larchmont Fire Department!

Firefighter Allen was first hired by the White Plains Fire Department in 2008. He then transferred here to the Village of Larchmont in 2010 where he has become our senior most firefighter in the department. Firefighter Allen is also a New York State EMT. His hobbies include photography and entrepreneurship. He is a father to 4 wonderful children. Firefighter Allen is also a Not-For-Profit Chair to the Connecticut National Parents Organization and is his HOA's president.

Want to know more about our Police and Fire Departments? In the coming weeks, our Village website will be updated with the latest information. In addition, if you are on social media, you can check out the Official Larchmont Fire Department Facebook here.

Child Car Seat Inspections

The Car Seat Inspection program has been temporarily paused. We will let you know when this service becomes available once again!

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