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Operation Neighborhood Watch nets over a dozen arrests

Boca Raton, FL – Over the last couple of weeks, members of the Boca Raton Police Services Department devised Operation Neighborhood Watch to stem the rising number of residential and automobile burglaries in the city.  The project involved shifting officers from other areas of the department to undercover assignments, stepped-up intelligence briefings, targeted marked patrols to areas of concern and neighborhood education efforts.

The impact was immediate.  Since the start of Operation Neighborhood Watch, more than a dozen people have been arrested for Automobile Burglary, Residential Burglary, Loitering & Prowling and other charges.  In all cases the individuals arrested were not from the City of Boca Raton and were in possession of burglary tools or stolen property.

Effective crime prevention starts with alert and involved neighbors.  During neighborhood surveys following crimes, many citizens reported that they saw suspicious activity, but did not call the police.  The Boca Raton Police Services Department encourages residents to report suspicious activity immediately to 561-368-6201 or 911.  If it doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t right.

Citizens can also find tips to protect their homes on our web site at http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/police/home_security.shtm. Residents may request a home security survey from our Crime Prevention Unit by calling 561-347-3938.

See below for recent arrests.