Commander Richard Gentry reported that as of the date of the AGCW meeting — 8/10/11 — crime in Coconut Grove had decreased 1.9 % from last year at the same time.
The update as of 8/29/11 shows that crime in Coconut Grove has decreased 3.3 % from last year at the same time.
All-Grove Crime Watch attendees applauded the Commander and his team for their hard work to make our Grove community safer.
The Commander reported that preparations are underway for Halloween, and that approximately 100 additional personnel will be assigned to Coconut Grove. The Commander is working with the bar owners encouraging them to use only plastic containers — no glass containers — that evening.
Several homes that were recently burglarized had house alarms that were not activated.
Please remember to activate your house alarm whenever you leave your home — if even for a few minutes. Also a good idea to activate your alarm when you are home particularly for people who work at home.
A car in the Center Grove was broken into and the trunk opened and valuable items stolen using the trunk latch inside the cab of the car.
If you car has one, please be sure to lock your trunk latch inside the cab of your car.
In the Village West, several derelict homes were demolished as these had become havens for drug activities.
The South Grove reported that many cars are traveling through residential streets at high rates of speed as they short-cut through the neighborhood.
Commander Gentry reported that Neighborhood Resource Officer Matthew Vasquez wlll soon be certified in tracking speeds using specialized radar equipment, and Officer Vasquez will work to enforce speed laws in the South Grove and other Grove neighborhoods.
Manny Gonzalez, Project Coordinator of the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District (BID), reported that since July 18, the BID has provided 860 hours of private secuirty through the BID Coconut Grove Amabassadors, and 280 hours of off-duty police protection, The BID Sanitation Crews have spent many hours working to keep Grove streets cleaner and more attractive.
All-Grove Crime Watch attendees applauded this dedication of the BID to the safety of our Grove community.
These security and safety programs by the BID enhance the work of our Grove District/Miami Police Department and have contributed to the reduced number of crimes in our Grove community.
All-Grove Crime Watch appreciates the work and leadership of BID Executive Director David Collins and his team.
The next All-Grove Crime Watch meeting will be held September 14, 2011 at St. Stephen’s Church, 2750 McFarlane Road, in the Great Room located at the rear of the church grounds. Parking is free in the surface lot next to the church. Just let the attendant know you are there for the Crime Watch meeting.
John Fitzgerald, Secretary
All-Grove Crime Watch