Concord Crime Spree Concerns

September 18, 2012 Updated Sep 18, 2012 at 7:09 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

September 18, 2012 Updated Sep 18, 2012 at 7:09 PM EDT

TOWN OF CONCORD, N.Y. (WKBW) A special public safety meeting will be held Tuesday Night September 18th to discuss an increase in burglary and larceny crimes in the Concord area.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30pm and will be held in the Concord Town Hall at 86 Franklin Street, Springville.

Since the beginning of the year, officials have noted an increase in thefts around the Springville area.

Police believe thieves are targeting the Southern Erie County community because it is in a rural area with easy access to the Rt. 219 expressway.

"A lot of times it is not local people that come around and do these things. They are coming out from the city and it looks like an easy hit, easy touch, and they can jump right back on the expressway and be back in the city in a very short period of time," said Concord Supervisor Gary Eppolito.

Representatives from the Erie County Sheriff's Office will speak at the meeting and they say it appears that illegal prescription drug abuse could be fueling the problem with criminals looking for unlocked cars.

"It allows them to take property from within. It can be pawned off, and ultimately, if it is prescription drugs, or some type of abuse . . . that's how they fund it," added Scott Joslyn, Chief of Police Services for the Erie County Sheriff's Office.

Police are advising residents to make sure they lock their cars and take valuables out.

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard says it is also important for people to watch for suspicious cars and report illegal behavior promptly to police.

"This is just a matter of the public working together with law enforcement agencies, whatever their law enforcement agency is, and making contact in reporting the crime, working with us, sharing information so we can solve crimes," commented Sheriff Howard.