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West Kendall

Miami-Dade police to meet with residents to discuss West Kendall burglaries


Special to the Miami Herald

A recent rash of burglaries has prompted one West Kendall community to host a meeting to improve community and police interaction.

The Crossings, 11578 SW 132nd Ave., will host a meeting for its residents at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in its clubhouse. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Lynda Bell, members of the police department, the state attorney’s office and Crime Watch will attend the meeting.

“For the last year or so there has been about 28 home burglaries,” said Ruben Arias, the chief of staff for commissioner Bell. “The police have been really on top of it, but I think they need to take it to the next level. That is why the police have asked to have a meeting.”

The planned community extends for more than 750 acres and includes 1,600 residents, according to Arias. The burglaries have involved small items being taken while residents are not home.

“The police have been conducting sting operations and they are just frustrated,” Arias said. “They have gone undercover and seen the community as very passive. They aren’t involved and are not reporting suspicious activity. That’s why we are hosting this meeting.”

“The residents need to be engaged, be aware and be in contact with neighbors and police. If you don’t stop crime, it keeps going. One burglary is too much. When you have 20-something in a year that’s something that requires serious attention.”

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