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Crime Watch: County gun buy-backs can prevent crime


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People always ask me, “Why are there so many guns in the street?” Well, these guns get into the hands of criminals because someone has a gun in the house that they have had for years. Chances are, this deadly weapon is not locked up, and is visible to burglars.

Now here is an opportunity to help prevent crimes, by getting rid of those weapons that get onto the streets due to home burglaries.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, in partnership with Miami-Dade Police Department, North Miami City Councilman Scott Galvin, the North Miami Police Department, the Biscayne Park Police Department and other municipal law enforcement agencies. will sponsor a Safer Communities Gun Buy Back Event. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at the Biscayne Landings sales office site at 15045 Biscayne Blvd.

In addition to this North Dade regional event, a South Dade regional Gun Buy Back is also scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at 11350 SW 216th St., hosted by county Commissioner Dennis C. Moss,. Anyone may drop off a firearm, no questions asked. In exchange for turning in a gun, individuals may receive a gift card from local retailers for up to $200.

Additionally, FREE gun locks for safe gun storage will be available at both locations.

For additional information for the Northeast Dade regional event, call 305-940-9980. For the South Dade event, call 305-378-4300.

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Last week’s column brought this comment from one of my readers:

You article on thieves was right on target, but you left out a pressing problem, which you might not know about if you don’t live in an apartment or condo .

I live on the second floor of a five-story unit over the garage. For years, residents would set their alarms, but set them so they go off with the slightest wind. I would get up from bed and go check the alarms. Finally I got fed up and just let the alarms ring and ring and ring. The worst offenders are the ones on the other side of the building or an inside apartment. They cannot hear the alarm. There is also a parking lot next to me and they do the same procedure. If we have a thunderstorm it is like a symphony of horns/alarms worthy of an audience. — Walter

Walter is correct when living in a complex you need to set that alarm so that it will go off only if the car is really being tampered with. This way people don’t just shrug it off. So check those alarms so they work for you.

Carmen Caldwell is executive director of Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade. Send feedback and news for this column to, or call her at 305-470-1670.

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