Summer is a special time of the year when families vacation together and spent time away from home for a well-deserved break from school and work. While you enjoy your time away from home, the Coral Gables Police Department wants to make sure your home and valuables remain safe -- at all times.
It is important to protect yourselves from becoming a victim of residential burglaries. If you’re planning on being away from home this summer, remember to call our Police Department at 305-460-5408 to request a residential check. This is a free service to residents and allows our police officers to know when to patrol around your home to check for any suspicious activities.
We also recommend that you ask a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail and newspapers, so thieves and burglars don’t have an advantage of knowing when you’re not home. If possible, use light switched times to simulate occupancy and light up your porch and yard with a time controller. Make sure that you lock all exterior doors securely, and double check that your windows are also closed and secured before leaving your home.
Never advertise your departure, especially if you share often your vacation information on social media sites. If you post a photo of you away from home, someone else other than your friends may be watching.
If you would like to receive additional tips from our public safety experts on how to be safe this summer, please don’t hesitate to contact your Coral Gables Police Department. We’re here to serve you, and protect your loved ones and your valuables.
Have an enjoyable and safe summer!
Edward J. Hudak, Jr.
Interim Chief of Police
City of Coral Gables
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