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Miramar Police Offer Free SmartWater CSI Kits to Residents

The Miramar Police Department is offering residents free SmartWater CSI kits. Known for reducing theft in local communities, SmartWater CSI provides a forensic coding technology in which residents or business owners mark their valuables with a clear, non-hazardous liquid. The liquid is invisible to the human eye, except under ultraviolet black light. Law enforcement officials can then take the smallest micro-fragment of SmartWater from stolen property and send it to their forensic laboratories, where it can be scientifically analyzed to identify the owner.

In March 2014, Miramar Police partnered with Broward County Crime Stoppers to receive 150 home-coding tracer kits for a pilot program. These kits were given to residents of a target community, at no cost. The patented forensic marking technology attributed to a 22% decrease in residential burglaries from March through December 2014.

Miramar residents, city-wide, can now benefit from this new tool to combat property crimes. The department has purchased an additional 900 SmartWater kits, using State Law Enforcement Trust Funds, to distribute. These kits will be available to city residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Proof of residency required (government issued identification or utility bill). Only one kit will be issued per household. Interested residents should contact 954-602-4327 or email

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New Building

New Police Headquarters

Plans for a long-awaited police headquarters are underway. The 65,000-square-foot headquarters will be located at the Miramar Town Center. It will also house the city’s Emergency Operations Center. Partially wrapping around an existing parking garage, the mixed-use project will include first floor retail shoppes and restaurants. The project will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Construction should be completed in early 2016.

Holiday Shopping

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

The Miramar Police Department would like to wish the community a safe and joyous holiday season. We suggest following these prevention tips to thwart thieves and other criminals from ruining your holidays:

Avoid wearing expensive jewelry or carrying large amounts of cash. Whenever possible, use credit/debit cards.

Park in a well-lighted space, and be sure to lock the car and close the windows.

Don’t leave valuables in your car. Covering items to hide them does not work either. It may only draw attention. If you must leave valuable items in your car while out and about, place items out of sight before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously. Someone may be watching when you put items under a seat or in your trunk.

When returning to your auto (or home), have your keys in your hand, ready to open the door. Unload your valuables immediately. Do not store valuables in your car any longer than necessary, and certainly never overnight.

Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps or sitting in a shopping cart.

Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused. Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.

Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, con artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

Try to shop with friends or relatives. There is safety in numbers.

Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.

If you see suspicious activity, call the police immediately.

Angelita Gauntlett and Courtney Lindsey

Angelita Gauntlett and Courtney Lindsey were murdered on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1989. An altercation between the victims and the suspect occurred outside of a Miramar home. The suspect, a Jamaican male known by the street name of “Bull,” followed Angelita and Courtney to their home on the 3000 block of Tara Road. He fired multiple shots into their vehicle, killing them both. (Case #: 891101581)