Crime prevention is before the fact efforts or measures that reduce criminal opportunity. Crime Prevention is the anticipation, recognition and appraisal of a crime risk and a plan of action to remove or reduce it.
Our crime prevention officer is certified to do CPTED surveys. CPTED is an acronym for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. This is a crime control philosophy that attempts to apply physical design, citizen participation and law enforcement strategies in a comprehensive way to protect entire neighborhoods or facilities. The goal of CPTED is to reduce criminal opportunity. This reduction is achieved with physical design features that discourage crime. There are three overlapping concepts in CPTED:
*Natural access control
· Business Security Surveys
· Business Watch
· C.A.T. (Combat Auto Theft)
· Car seat checks and installation
· Cell Phone Give-a-way
· Club Give-a-way
· Convience Store Program
· Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
· Employee Watch
· Home Security Surveys
· Kidsprint – Child Identification Program
· Neighborhood Watch
· Operation ID
· Trespass Program
· Volunteer Program
Do you want to know more about preventing a possible burglary or theft in the future? Call the Margate Police Department Neighborhood Policing Division at (954)972-1232 and an officer will come to your house and perform a security survey and give you tips and ideas on how to secure your home.
Do you want to make sure your business is as secure as possible? Call the Neighborhood Policing Division and an officer will come to your business to perform a security check. Officers will come to your business and share with you ideas and suggestions on how to better secure your business.
Do you find yourself with a lot of extra time on your hands? Do you have skills or abilities that could be used to help the Margate Police Department? You could be a volunteer! The volunteers work at least a four-hour minimum shift per week. The police department conducts a background investigation for each volunteer candidate. Volunteers attend a four-hour orientation class that covers their, duties and responsibilities.
This program assists in the identification of the bicycle, the owner, and their address in case the bike is lost or stolen. The bike is given an identification number that is engraved on the bike frame. This number, along with the owner's name and address are then stored in a computer at the Neighborhood Policing Division. This allows officers easy access to these numbers when they find a bicycle anywhere in the city. The Margate Police Department regularly conducts bicycle registrations throughout the year at our schools. Citizens can also have their bikes registered at any time by calling the Neighborhood Policing Division for an appointment. Officers also check children on the way to and from school to make sure they are wearing bicycle safety helmets.
The KIDSPRINT program is one of the most popular services provided by the Neighborhood Policing Division. This is a child identification program where the child's photograph and the personal information about the child is taken and then printed on a tri-fold brochure. Their prints are added to the brochure and then given to the parents. The child's information will be kept on the police department computer unless the parents request that it be eliminated. The document also has a place for the child's pediatrician and dentist to complete with any pertinent medical information. This brochure is then placed into a plastic sleeve for protection and given to the parent.
Almost everyone has heard of the CLUB, or has seen it advertised on TV. The CLUB is a device which helps deter auto theft. The department conducts several CLUB giveaways in the city during special events. Check you local papers! CLUBS are provided to the owners of vehicles that are on the top ten list of stolen vehicles in the community, Patrol Officers also carry the CLUB in their units and give them out to owners of the vehicles that appear on the annual top ten list of the most commonly stolen vehicles within the city. Call the police department to see if your car is on that list. CLUBS are generally available to qualified vehicle owners at the main police department, 5790 Margate Blvd., and the Neighborhood Policing Division, 311 S. State Road 7.
CPTED is an acronym for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. This program involves making a thorough survey of all aspects of a business by a certified CPTED officer. The survey is designed to identify areas of concern for criminal activity, safety, fire, quality of life issues, business procedures and operations. Although this is not an all-inclusive survey, it does provide an in-depth look at security and crime prevention practices that should be implemented.
This program is designed to inspire youth to take shared responsibility for preventing crime in their schools and communities, to teach them how to develop immediate and long-term solutions to violence, drug abuse, and other crime problems. Youth crime watch highlights and rewards the youths involved in successful crime prevention programs through regular training and instruction.
Do you own or manage a business in a mall or shopping center? Then this program is for you! The program is designed to bring businesses together in a partnership with the police department to help remove the opportunity for crime in their business area.
We do this through regular meetings to keep business people like you informed about what is taking place in your business community and educate you about new and innovative ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim.
Have you seen all the city trucks and cars out on the streets during the day? The Employee Watch Program is a brand new program designed to encourage city employees that are out working in the community to keep their eyes open for any suspicious activity and report it right away via their radio. Imagine all the city employees, all those extra eyes and ears, out there helping the police! These employees can communicate on the radio when they see something suspicious and transmit information directly to the police department dispatch. The city vehicles will display a decal identifying that driver as a member of the Employee Watch Program. The police department also encourages citizens to contact these employees when they see them during the day if they want to report suspicious activity.
The Margate Police Department sponsors a Police Explorer Post. The Post is made up of young people ages 14 through 21 who meet basic entrance requirements. Once a person is accepted into the Explorer Post they will be taught basic police procedures, and once qualified, they can participate in the ride-along program where they ride with a police officer on duty. Please call the Neighborhood Policing Division if you have a child between 14 and 21 years of age, or know a child, who can benefit from this program.
Have you been a victim of or a witness to a crime? Assistance is available through the department's Victim Advocate. Contact the Victim Advocate's office at (954)935-5385.
Crime Prevention Officers conduct inspections of convenience stores to make sure they are following the laws and guidelines established by the State Attorney Generals Office. These laws and guidelines require convenience stores to provide a safe environment for both store workers and customers. Call the Neighborhood Policing Division if you own or manage a convenience store and would like an inspection done at your store.
What happens if your vehicle is stolen at night while you are asleep? You can obtain a C.A.T. sticker for free. The yellow, reflective C.A.T. sticker goes on the outside of the rear window of your car. The sticker authorizes the police to stop your car anytime between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. to verify ownership of the car.
The Neighborhood Watch Program is designed to inform residents how to better protect themselves, their neighborhoods and to develop a better working relationship between residents and the police. The watch group is started by establishing a chairperson and several block captains. The watch groups meet once a month or every other month to discuss issues that pertain to their neighborhood or the community. A Neighborhood Coordinating Officer attends these meetings to pass on information and address any issues that the neighborhood brings to his or her attention. The Crime Prevention Officer attends as needed and brings any new ideas or initiatives to the group. Call the Margate Police Department Neighborhood Policing Division at (954)972-1232 if you want to know more about starting a Neighborhood Watch.
Owners of private property or shopping centers agree to give the police department power to issue trespass warnings and make arrests without the owner or manager being present. This allows for quick action by police to solve potential problems.
The Cell-Phone Give-away Program is designed to give our Margate residents the capability to access 9-1-1 via a cell phone donated from citizens in our community. They are then distributed to a Margate resident to use for the sole purpose of its 9-1-1 capability. The phones are programmed so only 9-1-1 can be dialed. The phones will be used for citizens to contact 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency or suspicious activity.
Residents can contact Officer Tony Careccia at (954) 972-1232.
Cell phones are distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
Residents can have their child restraint seats checked or installed by a state certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Car seats will be checked or installed by appointment only.
Residents can contact Officer Tony Careccia at (954) 972-1232.
The Neighborhood Policing Division Phone Number Is (954)972-1232