Crime Statistics & Prevention
The Crime Prevention Unit supports a proactive approach to crime-related problems by supplying programs geared to both adults and children. Through both individual and group contact, the Crime Prevention Unit provides complimentary residential and business security surveys, as well as seminars and workshops to bring awareness to those in the community about methods to secure a person or persons and property.
Motor Vehicle Theft
- Attend a VIN-etching event to have your car marked in case of theft
- Install and use Anti-Theft devices
- Keep electronic devices such as phones, laptops, GPS and other peripheral devices out of sight and never leave wallets, bags, or purses in the vehicle
- Park only in well lighted areas
- When parking, make certain to lock your car and close all windows completely
- Do not keep valuable jewelry or large amounts of cash in your home
- Engrave valuables with your driver’s license number. In case of theft, they will be more easily traceable
- Install a security system in your home
- Make certain that any valuable items are not within window view
- When going away from home for an extended period of time, use a timer for lighting during sporadic times during the day/evening hours; and notify your local police department of your departure
- When leaving your home, always lock all doors and windows
- Teach your child the "buddy" system when walking or playing outdoors
- Teach your child never to speak to strangers
- Teach your child a special password that only you and your child know as a precaution against "stranger pick-up"
How to Recognize a Pickpocket
- Beware of anyone who appears to be following you, crowds around you, bumps you or creates a distraction to draw your attention away from what you are doing
- Pickpockets travel in small groups
- They appear to be normal shoppers
How to Avoid Becoming a Victim
- Carry purses and other belongings in front of you, not to the side or behind you
- Keep your cash separate from your wallet
- Never leave your valuables on a counter, a table or in a shopping cart
- Never show or handle large amounts of cash
- Stay alert
How to Get Help
- If you realize something has been stolen or if you see suspicious activity, ask a store clerk to call security who will contact the police department.
- If you discover something stolen after you get home, report it to the police immediately.
Contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 305-466-8989, ext.8962 to schedule a consumer fraud information session with a member of the Aventura Police Department.
Please be advised that the Aventura Police Department does not solicit any contributions or donations by phone. If someone makes contact indicating they are representing the Aventura Police Department, obtain any contact information from the person and then notify the Aventura Police Department immediately. It is strongly recommended to avoid donations to any group that calls representing a police agency or organization. Contact the group or organization of interest directly to learn how to make donations.
Consumer Fraud Examples:
- IRS Tax Schemes
- Shopping Online
- Investment Schemes
- Identity Theft
- Emergency or Grandparent Scam
- Nigerian Letters
- Sweepstakes & Contests
- Charity Solicitations
- Charitable Giving
Bureau of Consumer Protection
The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC’s) Bureau of Consumer Protection stops unfair, deceptive and fraudulent business practices by collecting complaints and conducting investigations, suing companies and people that break the law, developing rules to maintain a fair marketplace, and educating consumers and businesses about their rights and responsibilities. Visit the FTCfor more information.