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May 17, 2011 Make a Call, Make a Difference
 
The Coral Springs Police Department is asking residents, business owners, and city employees to help keep Coral Springs a safe city to live, work, and raise a family by “Making a Call, Making a Difference.”
 
Over the next several months, the Coral Springs Police Department will be educating the community and asking them to partner with the police department to help prevent crime. 
 
Residents, business owners, and city employees, will be trained to identify criminal activity, how to report it, and how not to become a victim. The training will be accomplished in several different ways, and it will be paid for by forfeiture funds (funds confiscated from criminals). By utilizing forfeiture funds, the criminals will be paying for the police department to educate the public and city employees on how to prevent crimes. Listed below are the different avenues we will be utilizing:
 
§         Civilian City employees, especially those in the field, (Code Enforcement, Parks and Recreation, and Building) were trained on the latest techniques used by criminals and the best way to report what they see
  • Public Service Announcement for movie theater
  • Video for City TV
  • Article in Spring 2011 issue of the Coral Springs Magazine
  • Brochure insert with magnet in the Summer 2011 issue of the Coral Springs Magazine
  • Article on city website
  • Included in May 2011 eNewsletter
  • Flyer distributed at Slice of Springs meetings
  • Banners for special events and city parks
  • Magnets for distribution at July 4th celebration
  • Posters for businesses
  • Flyers for Publix and Walmart
  • Text notification through Code Red
  • Community Partner flyer distribution
  • Series of Forum Ads
  • Neighborhood signs
  • Gobo disc projecting on Public Safety building
  • Public Service Announcements prior to Movies in the Park
 
The announcements will contain the following information:
 
  • Report any suspicious persons, activities or vehicles in your neighborhood—especially strange vehicles backed into driveways
  • Criminals/burglars often knock first to see if anyone is home and ask for someone who does not live there, so report any unfamiliar person that knocks on your door
  • Always lock your residence and vehicle doors
  • Make your first call to the police—then your family members
  • Turn on your alarm system
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle
  • If you leave town for a period of time, request a vacation watch for your residence
 
Recently, a homeowner called to report a suspicious vehicle parked in her neighborhood occupied by a male. Officers responded and conducted surveillance on the vehicle. A short time later, the officers observed two males walking from the rear of a residence carrying televisions. The males were arrested and confessed to several other burglaries. By that resident making a call, three criminals were taken off the streets.
 
Remember, vehicle and residential burglaries only take seconds to happen, so please be aware of your surroundings and do not hesitate to call the police. You could prevent a crime before it ever happens.
Posted:5/17/2011
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