For Immediate Release
November 26, 2019
Contact: Clarisell De Cardenas
Police Major Javier Ruiz's Holiday Safety Tips
Miami Lakes, FL - The Town of Miami Lakes Police Section welcomes the opportunity to discuss important topics with Town residents. Your involvement in crime prevention allows us to serve your community better. For this reason, we remind you of some crime prevention strategies that will assist you during the upcoming holiday season.
The most important rule is to be aware of your surroundings and be alert to suspicious people and vehicles. By knowing where you are and recognizing potential threats, you can avoid potentially dangerous situations.
Most criminals are looking for the opportunity to take property that is unattended or unsecured, especially in unlocked vehicles.
LOCK IT OR LOSE IT
o Always keep valuables out of sight or in the trunk
o Place all packages and gifts in the locked trunk of your vehicle
o Never leave valuables in unattended vehicles
o Always lock your vehicles
• When holiday shopping, if possible, carry the amount of cash or credit cards that you need rather than carrying a purse.
• Zip or close purse securely to avoid pickpockets. Carry purse or shoulder-bag in front of you and close to your body.
• Keep your purse on your lap when dining or sitting at any establishments.
• In the supermarket, do not leave your purse in the shopping cart. REMEMBER Out-of-sight, out-of-mind, out-of-purse!
• Avoid carrying a lot of packages; it can make you look defenseless.
• Avoid displaying valuables such as jewelry or large sums of money.
• As you drive home day or night, look for potential danger before entering your driveway. Walkways, doorways, and driveways should be well-lit around your home.
• Do not enter your driveway if a suspicious vehicle has followed you. Go to the nearest safe location, or an area where there are people and call the police. If you are confronted in your driveway, remain in your locked car with your windows up and blow your horn.
Package thieves operate year-round and steal thousands of packages every year and have become the ultimate “crime of opportunity.”
• Have packages delivered to your work to reduce the chances that your packages might be swiped from your front door.
• Schedule deliveries for times you will be home to avoid having packages unattended.
• Coordinate with a neighbor. Have a friend or family member get the package for you and check on your home if you go on vacation. Make sure to leave emergency contact information with them.
• Require a signature and track your packages with the Postal service to ensure that you are notified when a package arrives.
• When possible, monitor your front porch. Security cameras or video doorbells can be used to keep an eye on your packages and help deter thieves from grabbing them off of your property.
Trust your instincts. If you suspect something is wrong, or if a situation seems dangerous, you may be right! Don’t dismiss suspicious people, cars, or situations. Report them immediately.