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Crime Map and Safety Tips for Miami

Posted by Torch Team on Sep 12, 2018 9:00:00 AM

What if you could do something right at this moment to make Miami a safer place to live? What if you - an ordinary citizen - could stop crime before it happens?

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Topics: Miami Crime Reporting

17 Ways to Reduce Violent Crime in Miami

Posted by Torch Team on Sep 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Miami’s murder rate is at a historic low after hitting a historic high in the 1980s. That’s good news, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Other types of crime, including gang-related violence, drug-related assaults, and aggravated burglary, remain at frustratingly high levels in some parts of Miami.

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Topics: Miami Crime Reporting

How Technology is Helping Prevent Crime in Miami

Posted by Torch Team on Aug 29, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Technology has given rise to a host of new crimes, ranging from hacking to 419 scams to increasingly sophisticated acts of identity theft. Even so, that’s no reason to give up your laptop; technology is also being used to prevent crimes in new and exciting ways, both here in Miami and beyond.

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Topics: Miami Crime Reporting

10 Ways YOU can help Stop Violent Crime in Miami

Posted by Torch Team on Aug 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Violent crime seems to be everywhere, and it’s easy to feel helpless. After all, if you’re not a police officer who can address things directly or a politician with the clout to impact budgets, what are you supposed to do? But the truth is, everyone has the ability to make their community a safer, less violent place. Here are ten simple ways you can have a major impact.

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Topics: Miami Crime Reporting

Miami Crime Prevention: A Community Neighborhood Watch Effort

Posted by Torch Team on Aug 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Do you know if there’s a Neighborhood Watch in your Miami neighborhood? If not, do you know how to start one? Neighborhood Watch groups are an integral part of efforts to prevent crime throughout the city. If you’re concerned about safety and are curious about how a Neighborhood Watch group might benefit your neighborhood, here are answers to some common questions about the process.

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Topics: Miami Crime Reporting

Neighborhood Watch and Crime Prevention Tools

Posted by Torch Team on Aug 9, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Do you have the tools you need to prevent crime in Miami?

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Topics: Miami Crime Reporting

Community Crime Prevention Tips We Can All Do

Posted by Torch Team on Aug 7, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Sometimes it can feel like crime prevention is something that only communities without a major crime problem can participate in. If your only crime is a few rowdy kids egging their neighbor’s house or drawing crude pictures on the sidewalk once in a while, it’s a simple enough matter to band together to take care of it. (Especially since you probably already know who the kids in question are and can just walk down the street and have a chat with their parents.)

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Topics: Miami Crime Reporting

How to Start a High-Tech Neighborhood Watch In Miami

Posted by Torch Team on Aug 2, 2018 11:45:22 AM

Are you looking for ways to reduce crime, increase community engagement, and make your neighborhood a better place to live? In many neighborhoods the old-school Neighborhood Watch flyer has been retired, replaced by more convenient tools that bring safety into the 21st century.

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Topics: Miami Crime Reporting

10 Things Parents Can Do To Keep Their Kids Safe Online

Posted by Torch Team on Jul 19, 2018 9:03:00 AM

The internet, particularly social media, is an increasingly huge part of our lives— our children are no exception. Unfortunately, while they can reach the world with the click of a mouse, this brings with it risks that our parents never had to consider.

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Topics: Child safety online

Top Campus Safety Tips for College Students

Posted by Torch Team on Jul 17, 2018 9:07:00 AM

College is supposed to be a time when you can expand your horizons, deepen your knowledge, and develop lifelong friendships. Unfortunately, with so many young people living and interacting so closely together, it can also be a breeding ground for crime—some petty, some truly dangerous.

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Topics: Campus Safety

Anonymous Tips Can Lead to Huge Drug Busts

Posted by Torch Team on Jul 12, 2018 8:58:00 AM

The home up the street where Mrs. Carter used to live? It’s really gone downhill since she moved to an assisted living facility and two of her adult children moved in. The roses she used to take such care of have mostly dried up, and nothing’s been pruned in ages—not that it’s illegal to forget to water or prune, of course.

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Topics: drug bust tips

Tips For Keeping Kids Safe to and From School

Posted by Torch Team on Jul 10, 2018 7:56:00 AM

It didn’t seem that strange to you at first. After all, you were also watching the kids at the bus stop while they joked and played with each other, and she certainly seemed the in the right age range to be one of their parents too. But she wasn’t one of your neighbors, and she stayed across the street instead of coming to chat.

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Topics: Child Safety

Spotting Suspicious Behavior in your Community

Posted by Torch Team on Jul 5, 2018 3:28:00 PM

There have been a lot of news stories about people wasting the time of law enforcement officers by reporting silly things as suspicious: things like barbecuing, going for a walk, or waiting for a friend.

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Topics: Miami Crime Reporting, Report Suspicious Activity

The Power of See Something, Say Something in Miami

Posted by Torch Team on Jul 3, 2018 9:54:00 AM

It wasn’t anything that unusual, but it was out of the ordinary. There was a vehicle parked for no apparent reason, and there was an unusual amount of pedestrian traffic coming and going nearby, even at odd hours. Others might have blown it off as nothing. Most people probably wouldn’t have even noticed the activity at all.

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Topics: See Something Say Something

Home Safety and Security Tips

Posted by Torch Team on Jul 3, 2018 8:20:00 AM

Your home is your sanctuary. The last thing you want to think about is the threat of burglary or intrusion. With that in mind, here are some precautions you can take to keep your home as safe as possible.

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Topics: Home Invasions, Home Safety Tips

How to start a Neighborhood Watch Program

Posted by Torch Team on Jun 28, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Neighborhood Watch programs can help decrease crime and increase citizen engagement in your neighborhood. But how exactly does a Neighborhood Watch work? And how can you go about starting one in your Miami neighborhood?

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Topics: Miami Crime Reporting

Top 5 Ways Miami Residents Can Help Slow the Growing Drug Problem

Posted by Torch Team on Jun 27, 2018 3:52:00 PM

After a period of relative calm, drugs are again on the rise in Miami. So what’s an average citizen to do? Here are the top five actions that anybody can take, no matter their age, job, or status, to make Miami a safer place to live.

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Topics: Miami Crime Reporting

Personal Safety Tips for Miami Residents

Posted by Torch Team on Jun 26, 2018 2:34:16 PM

Of course we rely on public safety officers to look out for our well-being, just as we rely on those who design and maintain public spaces to create an environment that is safe. But a large amount of personal safety comes down to individual behaviors.

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Topics: Miami Crime Reporting

The Dangers of Cocaine Trafficking Return to Miami in a Big Way

Posted by Torch Team on Jun 20, 2018 3:32:00 PM

Two years ago, the mansion of Pablo Escobar was demolished. One of the last remaining vestiges of the period that earned Miami the title of the drug capital of America, people were happy to see it go. It marked the end of an era, signaling that drug cartels no longer hold sway in South Florida.

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Two Way Emergency Notifications for Miami Area Residents With Torch App

Posted by Torch Team on Jun 20, 2018 10:24:00 AM

Sondra had just finished buckling her infant son into his car seat when she got a notification from her Torch app. Her eyes opened wide as she read the alert; there was an active shooter near the Mall of the Americas. She quickly unbuckled the baby and walked back inside the house.

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Topics: Miami Crime Reporting