The Truth About Crime and Communication in Coral Springs • Coral Springs Talk


Chief Clyde Parry.

By Chef Parry

There has been a lot of talk about crime in our community. We have recently experienced several incidents of violent crime, including high profile incidents that have occurred in or around our schools. As a police chief, all criminal activity concerns me. The dedicated men and women who serve in the Coral Springs Police Department keep tabs on new crime trends and strive to prevent criminal activity from taking place in our community. The truth is, most cases of violence occur between people who know each other. While this does not minimize the seriousness of the crime, it does indicate that often there is no immediate threat to uninvolved members of the community.

Random acts of violence against our citizens are rare in the town of Coral Springs. Fortunately, most of the perpetrators are arrested immediately and our officers work tirelessly to bring justice to our victims. The point is, vehicle break-ins, primarily in unlocked vehicles, account for the most reported crime in our community. You can help prevent this common criminal activity by locking your car doors and reporting any suspicious activity to the police. During incidents, it may be necessary to use the Broward Sheriff’s Office helicopter, either to locate a suspect or to transport a patient. If you see a helicopter flying over your community, a good practice is to close your garage and stay indoors.

I strongly believe in transparency in government, especially in the police service. It is important that our citizens are aware of what is happening in our city. The way we communicate has changed rapidly over the past decade. Advances in technology and the use of social media platforms have led to instant information about these incidents as they occur. Although this information is disseminated quickly, it is not always accurate. Access to emergency dispatch scanners allowed citizen journalists to instantly deliver verified and unverified information. When a service call arrives at our emergency communications center, dispatchers relay important information to first responders. This information is based on what the caller told them and may not be entirely accurate.

When responding to an incident, our top priority is the safety and well-being of our citizens and the community. Response officers need time to gather facts and conduct investigations to ensure that we have a clear picture of what happened. We are invested with transparency, but we must ensure that the information we disseminate is factual and accurate. In addition, some information may go unreported because it could hinder the investigation by our agents. I can assure you that we are committed to transparency, and we are committed to reporting factual and accurate information as soon as possible.

I agree that it is disturbing to hear of criminal incidents in Coral Springs, but the truth remains, crime does exist and always has existed; however, it is now more widely reported due to the many forms of communication available. The following graph shows our crime figures from 2019 to July 2021. It should be noted that the graph captures actual crime from January to July because Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data collection has moved to the new system. National Incident Reporting System (NIBRS). ). The last column of the graph shows the figures projected based on the average number of incidents from January to July, projected for the last five months of the year. The actual number of crimes at the end of the year may be higher or lower than the projected numbers.

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The men and women of the Coral Springs Police Department work hard to keep our city safe for all. We monitor and combat crime trends as they arise. We work in partnership with school officials and concerned parents to ensure the safety of our schools. Public safety is and always will be our top priority.

Public safety is not exclusive to crime. Traffic problems in and around our city are also of concern to our department. Florida and our city’s population have grown tremendously over the past decade. With 134,000 residents and 22 public schools, attracting many citizens from outside our city, we have seen an increase in traffic. The increase in traffic has unfortunately led to more traffic accidents. These accidents often require the closure of a road or the diversion of traffic. Frustrated motorists often seek real-time information on these incidents, but in many cases, by the time investigators have all arrived and gathered the facts, the vehicles involved have been pulled from the road and the pavement has reopened. We will always do our best to share news and information about long term road closures through our communication tools. Equally frustrating are the many road construction projects currently underway in Coral Springs and surrounding towns. The majority of these constructions are departmental projects and necessary to ensure the good infrastructure of our roads. Residents can learn more about these construction projects at make informed decisions about their route and travel times.

Our department is committed to being transparent and providing information to our citizens, but it is more important to be right than to act quickly. For verified information directly with the Coral Springs Police Department, follow us on social media Facebook @CoralSprings Police, Instagram and Twitter @CoralSpringsPD or keyword ALERTCS to 888-777 to receive emergency alerts on your mobile phone. As always, we ask our residents to continue to be vigilant and to report any suspicious or unusual items in the community by calling our non-urgent number 954-344-1800, dial 9-1-1 in case of emergency.

Editor’s Note: Coral Springs Talk is committed to providing accurate crime information and only publishes stories after police confirm an event has taken place or an arrest has been made.

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