A $50K home burglary occurred in Palmetto Bay on April 14th, 2012. Is this really news? It is an unfortunate fact of life is that these burglaries occur. I have reported on such events before, both while in office and obviously through this blog. But readers should be well aware that the MDPD/Village Policing Unit has been doing an outstanding job in clearing approximately 25% of these crimes. Compare this to an overall average of 10 to 12%. Palmetto Bay residents should be proud. This is little consolation to those who have had their peace of mind violated by these criminals.
The Policing Unit is being proactive in bringing forward Operation Lookout, created by the Village Police. This is a campaign to make people more aware of suspicious events and provides proper conduct and contact points to encourage reporting suspicious activities. The Policing Unit has created materials, specifically door hangers, for distribution. These materials have been ready for over a month. This was discussed at the February Committee of the Whole meeting.
You may have heard something about Operation Lookout, but you have not seen it in action. Why? Because apparently this current Mayor and the vice mayor think their judgment should supersede the professional judgment of professional police and have weighed in on the operation of the deployment of this program – which has caused a delay. The council complained about the door hangers then the council directed the manager to find the money to mail these items. This delay may have cost at least one Palmetto Bay community $50,000 in lost irreplaceable personal items See Online CBS Miami, Channel 4: Palmetto Bay Burglar Wanted For Stealing $50K In Jewelry, April 26, 2012 (Click the headline to view)
Besides the delay and forgetting the fact that there will be no personal interaction as police bring these door hangers to your door, additional costs will now have to be expended to process the materials, stuff envelopes and then mailing costs for the saturation mailing. All this delay causing additional time delay for more suspicious acts to occur that may be crime in progress. People should not have to wait until mail delivery. Police could have received these materials directly. I wonder how the Mayor and Council will respond to any complaints of junk mail or more costs.
Mayor Shelley Stanczyk, Vice Mayor Brian Pariser and the Council need to step aside and let the Policing Unit do its job as their professional expertise sees fit. This is a time for professional decisions, and professional action, not time for political or emotional interference. The Mayor and council cannot treat this as a photo op. Our property, personal safety and peace of mind are at stake.