Message from the Chief
National Night Out Against Crime:Please mark your calendars and make plans to join the members of the Wilton Manors Police Department, along with your City Commissioners and other City officials who will be participating in the Annual Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 1st. For specific times and locations, please contact our coordinator, Betty Winslow at (954) 390-2150 (perhaps you can host a neighborhood gathering?). Also you can look to our website for the latest Night Out updates: wiltonmanors.com/nno.
The Wilton Manors Police Department will help you organize the event to ensure you have everything you need. The whole concept of Night Out Against Crime is to……KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR – KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!
In the meantime, 2016 UCR numbers were released by the FBI. Once again, our City experienced a reduction in part one crime! In 2015 we logged the lowest crime rate in over 20 years! In 2016 we went even lower! You can see the UCR report by visiting www.fdle.state.fl.us. The UCR reports date back to 2000 so you can read for yourself what we have experienced over the years.
The above notwithstanding, we have recently seen a significant uptick in both vehicle and residential burglaries in Wilton Manors. It is critically important that each of us remain vigilant in watching our respective neighborhood and reporting to the police ANYTHING that looks suspicious or out of place. The Wilton Manors Police Department will respond!
This increase in vehicle and residential burglaries is not unique to Wilton Manors. All of Broward County has seen incidents of these crimes increase. WMPD continues to work the countywide task force “BAT” (burglary apprehension team) in an effort to combat these types of crimes. We know that approximately 60% of our crimes are committed by only 6% of our population. In other words, the majority of crimes are committed by a very small segment of our population (AKA “hard core” criminals).
Fraud at the ATM has reached an all-time high this year. Skimming devices (or card reading devices) are illegally installed in ATM or gas pumps. The device “skims” the information from your card’s magnetic strip. In addition, a nearby recording device will take the PIN that you enter into the ATM or gas pump. Now the criminal has all the information he needs to access your account ($$).
What to do? Here are some defenses against skimming as suggested by the AARP Bulletin (June 2016):
- ATM withdrawal….it is best to go to your location bank location. They are vigilant in maintaining the security of their respective ATM machines on site.
- Inspect before using! Be aware of uneven card slots or non-matching colors. These may be signs of tampering.
- Hide it! When entering your PIN cover-up your hands so no one can view your PIN as you enter.
- Weekly (maybe daily) review of your account information. I know it sounds time consuming, but the effort is worth it as you can minimize the damage done to your account by maintaining constant oversight.
As always, the Wilton Manors Police Department is at your service day or night, 24/7. Feel free to visit us at City Hall, 2020 Wilton Drive, Monday through Friday, 7am – 10pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm.