Over the past month or so, we have publicized our efforts to address a dramatic increase in burglaries. We have seen some positive results and have profiled many of our arrests on our website.
Lynn Gordon of CBS 12 recently highlighted one of these cases. I’ve included the video below:
There are a number of obvious themes in this piece. However, the primary message in this success story is that citizens need to be informed and involved if we all want to be effective crime-fighters.
Last year’s statistics show that 63% of the suspects arrested for major crimes in Boca Raton do not live here. The wave of recent arrests supports this notion. Because we are a destination city (for legitimate and illegitimate purposes), we really need our citizens to be our eyes and ears.
These recent cases demonstrate that neighbors are paying attention and calling us when they see something suspicious. The key is being connected.
We try to push out loads of information through a number of different platforms, including Facebook , Twitter and YouTube. You can sign up for alerts via Nixle and E-alerts.
Consider being “connected” in a meaningful way, also. How well do you know your neighbors? Well enough to know that the vehicle in the driveway doesn’t belong, or that the person in the backyard is suspicious? Knowledge is power; and only useful when action follows.
I’m proud of how our residents have stepped up to help us combat our burglary problem. Be part of the solution, too. See something, say something. Stay Safe.