From the Police Department

Although we appreciate the confidence you have in your Lake Clarke Shores Police Department, we could really use your help in reducing and deterring crime. Lake Clarke Shores is a safe place to live and the Police Department does all it can, but criminals are always active and looking for an opportunity. Recently there has been an extraordinary amount of vehicle burglaries in Palm Beach, Martin and Dade Counties. In most opf these cases, the doors to the cars were not locked. We ask you to please lock your car doors, removing that convenient opportunity to steal. We also would like to ask if you have security cameras, to make sure they are always operational. Even if a crime does not happen at your home, there may be footage to assist the Police in catching a criminal at your neighbor’s home.

If you see people in the area who do not look like they belong in your neighborhood, do not hesitate to give the police a call. If you see a vehicle driving repeatedly around your block or up and down your street, please call the Police. Pedestrians walking along a slow moving car, someone wearing gloves and a hooded sweatshirt in the summer months could be a clue. This is what burglars do and how they look. Burglars are not gender specific either, females are sometimes used as a distraction, or to get in small windows. It is important if you have an alarm system to set it. If it is not set, it will not go off.   If there are keypads, have a complicated pass code. 1, 2, 3, 4, is not a good code. It is important to lock your doors and windows. If you are going away for a few days, notify the Police department and we will put your house on watch. An officer will check your property daily to help combat a burglary to your home. Secure your garage door, do not let newspapers pile up at the end of the driveway. Remember most crime is a crime of opportunity, the bad guys are looking for the easiest one to commit. Golf carts with keys in them and left for long periods of time, uncovered boats with non-secure trailers with the hitch attached is an opportunity. Criminals will drive around an area and come back later once they identified a victim. Don’t be that victim. The Police Department does all it can for the residents of Lake Clarke Shores, but they cannot be everywhere.

If someone knocks on your door and you do not feel safe, then call the Police or speak to them through the closed door. If you see them drive away and go to other homes or in some cases back to your home, call the police right away. Please allow the police to deal with the situation and while it is happening. Calling the police hours later does not help as much and a crime may have already happened. Please do not think you are bothering us, it is what we are here for, to protect you and your property. It happens far too often we receive calls hours later with little detail about suspicious vehicles or persons in the area. If you have any questions regarding the above and would like to discuss it, feel free to come to the Police Station or call to have an officer meet with you at your home.