Stay Safe This Holiday Season with These Holiday Tips
Holiday Safety Tips from your Policing Unit
Sergeant Dennys Fernandez from Miami-Dade Police Department
Season Greetings Palmetto Bay Residents,
As we prepare to enjoy this holiday season with our loved ones, the Village of Palmetto Bay Policing Unit reminds you to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us. During these times, thieves target vehicles and residences for your holiday treats. With millions of gifts being ordered and delivered for the holidays, we ask our residents not to leave packages unattended, specially during working hours.
Here are some friendly tips to avoid being a victim of this crime:
- Require a signature for the package
- Have it shipped to a relative that will be home or your workplace
- Ask a trusted neighbor to bring packages inside for safekeeping
It is also important to remember that some real life Grinches may be lurking in the shadows to steal your holiday cheer. This holiday season, keep your loved ones and your valuables safe by following these 7 simple steps to avoid holiday havoc:
Always be aware of your surroundings. People who pay attention are less likely to become victims.
Make sure your vehicle is locked and the windows are closed before you do your shopping.
Avoid leaving any gifts inside your vehicle.
Park your vehicle in a well-lit area. If your vehicle is parked in a dark area, ask security for an escort when you finish shopping.
As you approach your vehicle, be sure to have your car keys in hand. Avoid fumbling for your keys in the parking lot.
If you discover a problem with your vehicle when you finish shopping, such as a flat tire, request assistance from security or return to the information counter in the shopping center.
Be on the lookout for pickpockets, especially in crowded areas.
As online shopping continues to grow, please check out these resources to learn how you can protect yourself from online scams:
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Each week, the Palmetto Bay Policing Unit issues a Crime & Incident Report listing all police activity in the Vilage, including suspicious person reports. The weekly Crime & Incident Reports are updated and posted on the website each Wednesday.
Below are the Village of Palmetto Bay's Policing Unit crime statistics from Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 15, 2016:
Below are the 2016 reports. Visit the Crime & Incident Reports Archive to see reports from prior years starting in 2009.
2016 CRIME REPORTS:
If you have information about any crimes or incidents, please contact the Palmetto Bay Policing Unit, weekdays, 8am to 5pm.
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The Palmetto Bay Policing Unit was conceived through an interlocal agreement between the Village of Palmetto Bay and Miami-Dade County. The Department officially began its operations with the Village on July 14, 2003. Charged with the primary responsibility to protect, the Department is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well being of the Palmetto Bay community, emphasizing community-oriented policing and traffic safety. The Department is responsible for maintaining order and providing for the safe and expeditious flow of residents and visitors upholding the values of integrity, respect, service, and fairness. The daily operations and administration of the Department are overseen by the Village Commander with the assistance of a Police Lieutenant.
Continue to evolve the Community Outreach programs.
Continue to present crime prevention and safety programs to children attending schools and park programs in the Village.
Identify hazardous streets and address traffic issues with particular emphasis on speeding throughout the Village limits.
Increase police presence in the Village parks.
Reduce targeted crimes in the Village
Monday - Friday, excluding holidays
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Address & Location:
Village of Palmetto Bay Municipal Center
Palmetto Bay Policing Unit
9705 East Hibiscus Street
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
Emergencies: Immediately Dial 9-1-1
Palmetto Bay Policing Unit: 305-278-4019
Miami-Dade Police Non-Emergencies: 305-476-5423
Palmetto Bay Policing Unit Fax: 305-278-4000
Senior Staff Directory:
Major Serralta - Palmetto Bay Police Commander
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