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Home: A well lit home deters burglars. Use timers and motion lights. Always lock doors and windows. Set alarm when leaving.
Use an electronic timer: Turn on radio’s, TV’s, etc. to deter burglars.
Vehicle: Always lock your vehicle. Never leave valuables in plain view, and try to remove all valuables when possible. Park in a well light area and stay alert.
Holiday Decorations: Turn off holiday lights when not at home to avoid risk of a fire. Close curtains; burglars look into windows for gifts.
Mail/ Newspapers: If you go away, ask a trusted neighbor to pick-up your mail, daily, cancel newspaper deliveries, untill you return.
After The Holidays: Don’t advertise the gifts you received. Break-up the gift boxes and place them in garbage bags for collection. Always record serial numbers and keep in a safe place.
Free crime prevention assistance is available to North Miami residents from the Police Department. A crime prevention officer can provide suggested crime prevention techniques, which you may implement to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary, theft, robbery, rape or fraud. A North Miami Police Officer can conduct individual security surveys of your home or make presentations to civic, service and professional groups. Free brochures are also available upon request on a variety of topics.
One of the best ways to prevent crime in residential neighborhoods is to organize a Neighborhood Watch Group. Nationally, this program has proven to be quite successful in reducing crime. Statistics show that a Neighborhood Watch Program will help to decrease the number of residential burglaries in your neighborhood.
For more information, see the North Miami Crime Watch program.
Self-protection means knowing how to avoid being the victim of an attack or robbery. By keeping alert of the unexpected and not taking any unnecessary chances. It also includes knowing what to do if you are a victim and acting with common sense and cooperating with authorities. The Police Department has programs in place to help protect you against crime. Remember, always to be aware of your surroundings in keeping yourself safe, whether at home or away.
Burglary is a serious crime to which we are all vulnerable. However, there are things we can do to help prevent them. A few simple precautions will reduce greatly the chance of becoming a victim of burglary. Make your home look occupied, lock exterior doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed and lock your windows. Leave your lights on when you go out for the night. Use exterior lighting or motion sensitive lighting as a deterrent to burglary and vandalism. Keep trees and shrubs trimmed back away from windows and doors. Keep your garage door closed and locked. Never leave a key hidden outside your home. Arrange to have mail and newspapers picked up if you are not going to be home for a while.
Free crime prevention assistance for businesses in the City is available from the North Miami Police Department. An officer can conduct a security survey of your business, and make crime prevention presentations to your employees as well as business and professional groups.
Security is an important part of business management. It is just as important as inventory control, advertising, pricing, and location. Good security practices can save money and time and make your business less of a target for the criminal.
For further crime prevention information, contact the North Miami Police Department Community Services Section at (305) 891-0294 extension 17008.
Crime Watch participant’s duties include arranging for a home security survey, practicing operation ID and reporting all crimes and suspicious activity to the police. Never attempt to arrest an offender. Watch participants are also asked to financially contribute towards a Neighborhood Watch sign for your neighborhood and to place Neighborhood Watch decals on your home.
The numerous groups throughout the City that comprise the Citizens’ Crime Watch meet on a regular basis to discuss criminal activities and other area concerns. Citizens who participate in Crime Watch assist the Police Department by reporting suspicious activity. This partnership with the Police results in safer neighborhoods and a better quality of life.
Crime Stoppers is a not-for-profit, community action program which allows citizens who see, hear or know of criminal activity in their neighborhoods to pass this information on to law enforcement. The telephone number for CRIME STOPPERS is (305) 471-8477.
When citizens call Crime Stoppers, they are guaranteed anonymity. Once a call is made, it is assigned a control number and the caller is instructed to check back with the office every 30 days to ascertain the status of the information given. If an arrest has been made, resulting in criminal charges filed, the caller is eligible for a monetary reward of up to $1,000.
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