Number of Police Down, Public Security Up in Coral Gables

Many of us recently received an email from the city of Coral Gables showing that public security had greatly improved in the last year.  This is really good news.

I have also heard that the city has not filled a number of positions (19 or so) in the police department.

Ergo–fewer police, more public safety.  Is that right?  What does do the overcompensated police and the police union have to say about those numbers.

In spite of an economic downturn that many experts believe will push crime rates higher, overall crime declined in Coral Gables last year. According to recent police data, the total offenses, total non-violent crimes and total violent crimes in Coral Gables each declined by 7 percent in calendar year 2010 compared to calendar year 2009. A category that increased in 2010 was thefts from buildings (office space with public access) which was 28% higher than 2009. The data shows that in 2010 compared to 2009 there were:

  • 20% fewer burglaries
  • 15% fewer attempted burglaries
  • 31% fewer thefts of motor vehicles
  • 13% fewer aggravated assaults
  • 5% fewer robberies
  • 50% fewer purse snatchings.

eNews of Coral Gables, Feb. 16

About Stephen E. McGaughey
International consultant in economic development programs and projects

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