I wanted to speak about the recent influx in vehicle thefts. Last night I had an extensive conversation with Erie County Sheriff John Garcia concerning this issue.
Since January 1, 2024, Grand Island has experienced six stolen vehicles throughout the Town.
What action is Grand Island taking? Last week the Grand Island Police Department began increased patrols as well as a search for additional officers in order to expand patrols with additional shifts.
We are unique in that we have three responding agencies that answer calls for service on Grand Island; Erie County Sheriffs, NYS Troopers, and of course GIPD. All these agencies communicate and work together to ensure safety and serve our community.
In my discussion with Sheriff Garcia, he and I are committed to increasing our patrol presence on Grand Island.
On behalf of the GIPD and Sheriff Garcia I am asking for your extra vigilance and attention to removing fobs and keys from vehicles and PLEASE lock your vehicles. This action will be the number 1 deterrent to mitigate these crimes.
Furthermore, if you see any suspicious activity, please do not hesitate to call 911 or the non-emergency dispatch number 716-858-2903 immediately.
If you see something, say something!
Please help us, help our community.