LAUDERDALE LAKES (CBSMiami) – Police will be patrolling the streets Friday night to provide extra police presence during Yom Kippur.
“We have partnered up with other police departments and were working together to pull this community back together and let them know it is safe out there and we are out here doing our job,” said Captain Richard Rand with the North Miami Beach Police Department.
Yom Kippur is one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar and is a day where Jews reflect on the past year and atone for their sins.
Officers will fan-out around the predominately Jewish North Miami Beach neighborhood where Rabbi Joseph Raksin was murdered while walking to temple.
“Obviously, there’s awareness after the tragic incident that happened people are obviously on higher alert right now,” said resident Mendy Lieberman.
Swastikas and messages of hate drawn on temples and cars across South Florida in the past few months are also a cause for concern.
Police said they are on the streets to keep people and property safe.
“Our main concern is keeping people safe, number one, and protecting people’s homes, their property, while they’re at temple,” said Captain Rand.
Police are asking residents to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to help stop crime before it happens.
“Anything out of the ordinary, a car that doesn’t fit, a person that doesn’t fit, some noise that they hear, anything,” said Captain Rand. “There’s nothing too small that we won’t respond to.”
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