Jen Chou, an Ardsley resident who lives near the area of the invasion, said that, with the amount of taxes local residents pay, they deserve to be better protected.
“What can you do?” Chou said. “What happens, happens, but hopefully the police can do something more to protect the taxpayer."
Chou said she is not surprised that two out of the five arrested individuals are female because people can be good or bad, regardless of gender.
Ardsley resident Laura Reed said she felt much safer after the arrests. Reed said the detectives and police officers in Ardsley serve the community well and respond to crimes promptly. Like Chou, Reed said she was not overly surprised by the gender of the suspects.
“I do think its kind of odd,” Reed said. “But in this world, you just never know. I think women are just as capable of doing hideous things as men. Men just tend to do them more often.”
Other residents agree that the individuals’ gender is unusual, but not unheard of.
“I don’t usually see women to be physically violent,” said Jean Cardi, a Greenburgh resident who lives on the Ardsley line. “There’s a lot of young girls who fight these days. You see it on the newscasts all the time. Girls never used to fight physically, just with words.”
Cardi said she feels safer since the arrests, but also said she has always taken extra safety precautions, such as keeping her car and house doors locked at all times. Even in a community that typically does not see much crime, Cardi said it is never safe to leave locks undone or to not be vigilant.
Despite the violent home invasion, Jillian Giannelli, an Ardsley resident, said she thinks Ardsley is a safe area and the police help to keep crime away. The unusual nature of the invasion made the incident seem isolated and did not seem to pose a threat to the community, Giannelli said.
“It’s not typical,” Giannelli said. “It’s generally a safe town.”