Home Security Tips Flier
The Winter Park Police Department works for all its residents and community stakeholders to have the safest experience possible as they live, conduct business and play in our community. The purpose of this notification is not to alarm you but to provide valuable information regarding the increase of property crimes, specifically burglaries occurring to residences throughout the Central Florida area, including Winter Park. Although, property crimes are of concern at this time, violent crime continues to remain very low in Winter Park and Winter Park remains one of the safest communities to reside in throughout Central Florida.
Winter Park and Central Florida in general is currently experiencing daytime burglaries to both residences and vehicles and burglaries continue to be a statewide concern. Recent collaborations with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office have gleaned significant investigatory leads on current active cases. These leads have resulted in the arrest of several individuals and should assist in the closing of significant Winter Park burglary cases. It is common for a multitude of cases in several jurisdictions to be solved by the arrest of one or a group of individuals. It is this diligence by investigators from all over Central Florida that leads to breaking up these professional burglary rings and ultimately making our community safer. However, because we want you to be diligent and less likely to be victimized in the future, consider the common threads that have appeared in related burglary cases in the area.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES:Burglars are working together in groups (multiple perpetrators), canvassing specific neighborhoods in the early morning hours and targeting a specific residence or group of residences. They knock on doors to determine occupancy of the residence and leave the area. The same group returns a short time later and either backs into the driveway or parks on the street in front of the residence and usually makes entry in the rear of the residence. These groups of burglars have been known to use “look-outs”. The suspects are usually dressed appropriately (business attire or medical scrub type uniforms) for the neighborhood in attempts to minimize others noticing them and deeming them “out of place”.
Common items being stolen are jewelry, high-end electronics, firearms (in some cases) and vehicles (keys left out for easy taking). Suspect vehicles include a blue BMW, a blue Mini Cooper and the use of rentals has been noted as well.
VEHICLE BURGLARIES: Vehicles parked at playgrounds and parks, athletic fields and parking lots where the driver will most likely be gone for a period of time (medical related businesses, gyms, grocery stores, etc.) are being targeted. Items that are left out in plain view are being stolen after the suspect smashes the window. Items commonly taken are purses, small electronics (GPS and cell phones, laptops) and money.
Call 911 immediately should you see anything suspicious in your area. There have been several incidents where neighbors have seen something out of place and have not called.
DO NOT APPROACH any vehicles or suspects but be prepared to provide detailed information to the 911 operator who is collecting the information and sharing it in real time with responding officers. Helpful information you might be able to provide would include description of the vehicle, any license plate numbers, number of suspects and a detailed description of their clothing and appearance and direction of travel.
The Winter Park Police Department encourages everyone to secure their homes and vehicles, even if you will be gone for “just a few minutes”.
Never leave any valuables in plain view in your vehicle.
Utilize any alarm systems and close your residence garage doors. Should you regularly store valuables in your home, consider using/getting a safety deposit box or large safe that cannot be easily moved.
FREE residential and commercial security surveys are available by calling 407-599-3664.
Drug Take Back Program
Winter Park Police Department has put in place
a new program for our Community. Due to the success
three separate drug take back events during 2010
and the continued public outcry for assistance,
the Winter Park Police Department placed a Prescription
Reclamation Station in the lobby of the Public
Safety Building, located at 500 North Virginia
This program is designed
to help the community with safely disposing of
outdated, unwanted, and
unused medicines. This initiative will help keep
over the counter and prescription medications
out of the hands of our youth when the parents
know where to dispose of such items safely. This
program will assure these unwanted and outdated
drugs are safely destroyed and don’t end
up in the hands of our children, our waterways,
or inappropriate disposed of into our environment
where they can adversely impact our natural habitats.
This station will
be accessible during normal lobby business hours
between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday, except for holidays.
Quicker Response in an Emergency
Winter Park Police Department is offering
a new Lock Box Program to any city resident
age 65 or older or any disabled persons
that lives alone and/or has major documented
medical issues. The Lock Box Program is
designed to provide police, fire and emergency
medical services (EMS) quick access to
your residence in the event of an emergency
or in your time of need.
depending on the type of crisis, it is difficult
or impossible for a person to open the door
to responding emergency personnel. Similar
to a realtor’s lock box, a key to your
residence would be stored in a metal storage
device, in an undisclosed location, for emergency
personnel to access and gain quick entry
to your home. The access code to the lock
box will only be available to authorized
police, fire or EMS personnel and only used
during an emergency. Upon use, the access
code can be changed prior to being secured
and left in place for the next event.
would be free to any eligible Winter Park
resident meeting the program guidelines.
Those residents who do not meet the guidelines
for a free lock box may purchase one at cost
and may also participate in this worthwhile
program. If you are interested in learning
more about the city’s new Lock Box
Program, please contact Officer Lina Strube
at 407-599-3664 or click
Neighborhood Watch Program
you are interested in re-activating the
in your area, please notify Officer Lina Strube of the
Community Services Division at 407-599-3664 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lost Wallet Inventory/Emergency Contact Form
a continuing effort to provide the best service to the residents
of the City of Winter Park, the Winter Park Police Department is
now making available a Lost
Wallet Inventory/Emergency Contact form (Click Here to download
the form). The purpose of this form is to provide a “back-up”
source of information to those persons who lose or have their wallet
stolen. The form is designed to contain all of the pertinent information
needed to contact credit card companies, the Social Security Administration,
and Credit Bureaus in the event someone loses their wallet. As you
know, time is of the essence in alerting the credit card companies
and credit bureaus when combating identity theft. Additionally,
there is a designated space for trip itineraries as well contacts
at the various destinations on the itinerary. This information could
be left with a family member who can act as a point of contact for
the owner of the wallet.
My Med-ID Information Pouches are Available Through the Winter Park Police Department
The Winter Park Police department
has recently begun distributing “my Med-ID” information
pouches to City residents who are advanced in age or who have chronic
The purpose of these forms is to
provide a quick and easily accessible method for First Responders
to access important medical information upon their arrival to a
scene. This is specifically focused on the elderly population as
it was designed and developed by the Seminole County Senior Triad
with the cooperation of the Seminole County Emergency Medical Services
and Dr. Todd Husty.
My Med-ID consists of an informational
card that a person fills out that contains pertinent medical information
including Blood type, Insurance information and known medical conditions
as well as emergency contact information and administrative information
regarding the existence of a Living Will, Do Not Resuscitate orders
and a Primary Doctors name and current medication. This card is
then placed in the supplied brightly colored magnetic pouch and
placed promiscuously in the home.
Additional information cards are
available on the department’s Web Site (click
here for additional forms), thus allowing the user or their
designee to print out the card as often as required as the information
changes. If the user does not have access to a computer, additional
“blank” information cards will be distributed from the
Lobby of the police department.
Because people advanced in age often
have reduced coordination and motor skills which often makes it
difficult to fill out information in the small spaces, the information
card was designed to be “elder friendly” by providing
easy to read and large space for the entering of information.
The information card was designed
to ensure that as much pertinent information is available to assist
the First Responders while “on scene”. Also, the “my
MED-ID” form is a one-sided form thus affording the user to
add any additional information on the opposite side that they would
deem important for a First Responder to know. The information card
for “my MED-ID” is a standard size of 8 1/2 inches by
11 inches which means that it is easily reproduced and copied thereby
allowing duplicate forms to also be carried in a wallet or purse
and the glove box of an automobile.
If you or any resident you know
are interested obtaining one of these useful information pouches
they are available for pick up in the Police Department's lobby.
If you have any other questions, please contact the Community Policing
Unit at (407) 599-3311.
What is Enhanced 911?
The Enhanced 911 System (E911) is
a support technology for cellular and mobile phone users who dial
911, requesting help in an emergency. Since cellular users are often
mobile, some sort of enhancement was needed to 911 service that
would allow for the location of the caller to be known to the public
safety answering point (PSAP), i.e.. the Emergency
Communications Center. This program was mandated by the FCC
so that emergency services could be able to determine the location
of the cellular caller if the caller is unable to speak or if the
call is suddenly disconnected.
E911 was implemented in two phases.
Phase I (which began in 1996) required that when a cellular customer
made a 911 call, the PSAP would get the telephone number calling
and the location of the cell tower receiving the call, within a
mile. While this was a step in the right direction, it still made
it difficult to find the location of the caller in an emergency
situation. Phase II of the program requires that more precise information
about the caller's location, within 150 - 1000 feet in most cases,
be provided. This phase of the program began in late 2001 and was
to be in place by the end of 2005.
The City of Winter Park's Emergency
Communications Section is has been fully compliant with the Phase
II requirements since 2004.
If you have any questions regarding
your current cellular phone and it's compatibility with the Phase
II system, please contact your cellular service provider.
Project ChildSafe is a nationwide
firearm safety program developed by the National Shooting Sports
Foundation that receives major funding through a United States Department
of Justice grant. The Winter Park Police Department is participating
in this program by making available free gun locks to residents.
We would like to encourage residents to securely store their firearm
in order to prevent a tragedy. These are available on a first come,
first served basis. To obtain a free gun lock just stop by the Winter
Park Police Department located at 500 N. Virginia Av.