Monday, October 8, 2007

Everything is fine in Cooper City...

COOPER CITY POLICE REPORT - Posted on Sun, Oct. 07, 2007 - The Miami Herald

Home burglarized: Someone cut the screened patio door and used a screwdriver to smash the kitchen window of a home in the 5900 block of Southwest 112th Drive between 9:30 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. Sept. 24. The homeowner told sheriff's deputies the burglar stole a Dell desktop computer, a Panasonic plasma TV, a Sony camera and charger, a Canon camera, a Seiko watch, a JVC DVD player and jewelry valued at a total of $6,160.

Laptop, cash, jewelry taken: A burglar used a sprinkler head to shatter a sliding glass door of a home in the 11300 block of South Point Drive between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 26. The homeowner told sheriff's deputies the burglar stole a Dell laptop computer valued at $2,400, $485 in cash, and jewelry of undetermined value.

More - Persistent burglars ransacked a Cooper City home: Between 8:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sept. 11 a home in the 10700 block of Denver Drive was burglarized. Items valued at $11,400 were stolen. At first the burglars tried to slide open the kitchen window over the sink. It didn't budge. Then they tried to pry open the rear sliding glass door leading to the dining room but they couldn't do it. Finally they entered by prying open the door of a guest bathroom. They took loose precious stones and a Concord watch from a jewelry box in the master bedroom closet. They also stole a Sony video camera and two pairs of binoculars from another closet and removed two suits, two pairs of shoes and two Wilson tennis rackets from a third closet. In another bedroom, they stole a flat-screen TV, a Tiffany necklace, a Coach watch, four Coach purses, a Burberry purse and a digital camera. They also removed CDs and DVDs and left through the guest bathroom door.

Although "everything is fine in Cooper City" (pun intended)...and although the sky may not really be falling, our protective services have not increased but have perceivably remained status quo. The incumbent majority are now on the record against more police protection for Cooper City. They cannot hide from that vote no matter how hard they try. They are on record as accepting status quo, versus excellence, as being OK for the shareholders of our great city.

The issue here is NOT with the quality of our local BSO staff. In my opinion, backed up by one of the world's top cops, Chief John Hale, they are certainly well qualified and well supported. My position has been that we need, and can afford a whole lot more of them.

The Sun-Sentinel today said that some residents "felt misled when Sims put a detailed story about a home invasion on his blog...The bottom of the story reveals the home invasion did not happen in Cooper City. Sims said he posted the story because he wanted to make residents aware it could happen here." They also reported on a rise in crime nationwide.

The only difference between my blog scenario "How Safe Are We In Our Own Homes" and these true stories cited herein, is that none of the homeowners were unlucky enough to be home when the home invasions occurred...