NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE (CBS4) – Residents of NE 88 Street just east of Biscayne Blvd in Northeast Miami-Dade say they feel the county isn’t paying enough attention to their neighborhood crime problem.
Just this week, neighbors say police told them there were at least five car break-ins and several home break ins on the block. One of the car burglaries was caught on camera, by the surveillance system installed by home owner Ingrid LaRose after her home was burglarized in December.
“It’s gotten so bad that the neighborhood has gotten outraged and started our own action group,” she said.
But the neighborhood watch signs have apparently not been enough to deter the criminal element. LaRose said they’ve complained to Miami-Dade Police and Miami-Dade Commission Aubrey Edmunson, but nothing is getting done.
“There are a lot of kids who live on this street,” LaRose said. “It’s a safety issue.”
The surveillance images captured by LaRose’s system show a man in his 20’s or 30’s with long hair using a keyless remote to gain access to her car. He’s seen going through the front and back seats, and then popping the trunk, before walking away just before 5am.
Just down the street, Chris Parham is remodeling his home. He said his house was burglarized overnight as well.
“They took my Playstation 3, my laptop, and my weapon,” he said.
When asked by CBS4’s Brian Andrews if he felt Miami-Dade Police were doing enough to patrol the neighborhood, Parham said, “No, they’re not.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.