• Home
  • Government
  • From the Mayor: Safety Tips For Your Home While You're Away

From the Mayor: Safety Tips For Your Home While You're Away

Mayor Mary Marvin on Memorial Day Weekend. Photo by A. Warner

By Mary Marvin, Mayor of Bronxville

June 7, 2023: As summer fast approaches, we all notice a change in the rhythm of the Village as many of you take the opportunity to travel, some leaving homes unoccupied for significant stretches of time. But even if traveling for a short duration, it is important that one’s home looks occupied.

Despite stopping mail, random flyers and Penny Saver type items can end up in the driveway which are giveaways to a vacant house. Our police department advises homeowners to share your schedule with a neighbor, ask them to pick up items left near your home and even park a car in your driveway. In addition, if you alert our police desk of your travels, they will add your home to the “dark house” list and drive by on a daily basis.

Other safety tips and strategies from our Police Department to make your home appear occupied while you’re away include:

-Connect some lamps to automatic timers to go on during the day as well as at night. Put timers on televisions and radios as well as lights.

-Keep the garage door closed and locked and store lawnmowers, barbecues and bikes out of sight asbike thefts in particular increase significantly during the summer months.

-Change the locks immediately if keys are lost or stolen.

-Keep car and house keys on separate rings and unlabeled so if lost, both are not vulnerable to theft.

-Consider motion sensitive lights around your home particularly backyards.

-Never leave keys in what you think are secret hiding places as burglars know where to look for hidden keys.

-If you do return home and find an unexplained open or broken window or door, do not enter your home as the perpetrator could still be inside; rather go to a neighbor’s home to use the phone or use your cell phone a significant distance from the house. Touch nothing as to preserve evidence and fingerprints.

-As a general rule, call the Police Department if you see any suspicious persons/activities/packages; anything out of the norm and let trained police professionals make the decision as what has transpired. It is important to call the Police Department immediately because often time is truly of the essence and even a small delay can hamper apprehension.

-Prior to departure, if you have any concerns about the safety of your home, call the Police Department, set up an appointment and an officer will do a security survey of your home to assess vulnerabilities and suggest ways to increase security.

-A key file at the police department is also available allowing homeowners to keep a key in the department in case of emergencies and lockouts.

As an added security measure, go to villageofbronxville.com and follow the E-Alert link to add your family to our alert system. You will then receive updates from our Chief of Police about any criminal activity with close to real time updates on any critical incidents affecting the Village including weather conditions and power outages as well as police activities.

-Be a good neighbor and if you notice anything unusual, call the police immediately. While you are awaiting their arrival, write down any license plate numbers or description of persons.

-Trim trees and shrubs to avoid creating a screen for intruders.

Summer is an ideal time for home repairs as the Village is less busy on many levels.  If you plan any major renovations, kindly alert your neighbors so they can adjust their outdoor plans accordingly. It is also a good time to check the conditions of your sidewalks and repair as needed. Due to rapid plant growth in the summer months, please be mindful that trees and bushes must be trimmed to allow safe passage along sidewalks as well as to maintain visibility at intersections.

The summer, especially of late, has been the season for our severest weather conditions in both wind and rain events.

If you lose power, per the Con Edison protocols, the police desk cannot call in outages for individuals and does not receive any information from Con Edison re: a timeframe for power restoration.

If you experience an outage, immediately call 1-800-CONED or visit their website at www.coned.com.

Con Ed requires each individual home to report an outage. Even though your neighbor reported an outage, it does not automatically include your home as well. The Con Ed website is also the source for resumption times. If the Village receives any information from Con Ed, we will convey immediately via our “Swift 911” emergency alert system by phone, text or email.  To sign up, go to www.villageofbronxville.com

If power does go out, turn everything off especially air conditioners so if a power surge occurs, equipment is not ruined.

For those staying put, our Village is particularly beautiful and peaceful this time of year, offering an opportune time to enjoy our outdoor dining, catch a first run movie or a summer sale at one of our Village businesses – all while finding a parking space!






Government & History Directory

Bronxville Overview

Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

Bronxville Village Government Directory

Village of Bronxville Administrative Offices
Open 9:00am - 4pm excluding holidays and weekends

Bronxville Police Department
Open 24 hours

Bronxville Parking Violations
Open 9:00am - 4pm excluding holidays and weekends

Bronxville Fire Deparment

Government & History Recent Articles


Sign Up For Our Newsletter

MyhometownBroxnville reserves the right to monitor and remove all comments. For more information on Posting Rules, please review our Rules and Terms of Use, both of which govern the use and access of this site. Thank you.

The information presented here is for informational purposes only. While every effort has been made to present accurate information, myhometownBronxville, LLC, does not in any way accept responsibility for the accuracy of or consequences from the use of this information herein. We urge all users to independently confirm any information provided herein and consult with an appropriate professional concerning any material issue of fact or law. The views and opinions expressed by the writers, event organizers and advertisers do not necessarily represent those of myhometownBronxville, LLC, its officers, staff or contributors. The use of this website is governed by the Terms of Use . No portion of this publication may be reproduced or redistributed, either in whole or part, without the express written consent of the publisher.

Copyright © 2009 myhometownbronxville.com, All rights reserved.