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Mark Twain said, “Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.” Fact: residential burglaries and car break-ins are down in College Park from last year. Reality: one review of the social media site Nextdoor and one can see a crime has been committed virtually every day during the month of September in College Park.
Orlando Police Captain Sue Brown, who oversees patrols for the College Park area, says not to make College Park a “target rich area.” In other words, lock your car doors and remove valuables from site. Brown shared that during a recent Operation Lock Up, the police visited the Dubsdread area and found 32 of 83 cars unlocked. One high-end vehicle actually had the car keys sitting on the front seat.
In addition to securing your automobile, Brown asks that all residents call 911 and report anything suspicious. “We direct resources to problem areas,” said Brown. She affirmed due to the increased criminal activity in College Park, additional patrols, both marked and unmarked, are in the 32804. Brown also acknowledged that other areas of Orlando, like Baldwin Park, are experiencing “crimes of opportunity” too.
Corporal Kevlon Kirkpatrick offers a free residential security survey. He will come out to your home and go over your property with you offering suggestions on how best to protect your home. Here is a link to video that explains the process: http://www.cityoforlando.net/police/get-a-free-residential-security-survey/. Kirkpatrick can be reached at 407-246-2196 or email@example.com.
When asked about brighter streetlights to help deter criminals, Kirkpatrick asks that you email him if you feel your residential area streetlights are not bright enough. He will work with OUC to ensure the lights are at the correct illumination. And what about cameras like many cities have? Brown said that they are a “good investigative tool but do not prevent crime.”
Next Monday evening, October 3, the Orlando Police Department is hosting the National Night Out Kickoff Party. The event will take place from 6:00 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. at the SODO Target south of downtown Orlando. Both police officers and city officials will be available to discuss issues with residents. This is a wonderful opportunity for citizens to meet face to face with law enforcement and elected officials to learn about how the police are approaching crime in Orlando.
The College Park Paper reached out to Commissioner Robert Stuart for a comment about the uptick in crime in College Park, but he could not be reached.
Captain Brown offered a final thought. “The police care,” said Brown. “We take it personally. I know how I would feel if someone broke into my home and stole my television.”