Chief's Corner

Police Chief's Corner - Newsletter
December 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Bunnell Police Department.
Coffee with a Cop December 20, 2018

Bunnell Police Chief's
Burglar Box Depot

Burglar Box Depot

Avoid telegraphing your Christmas gift purchases to the "Grinch who stole Christmas!" Placing your gift boxes in front of your house may be sending an unintentional yet unwanted signal to a would-be thief. It may just tell them the very item they are shopping for is inside your home.

Stay safe throughout the holidays by recycling your empty gift boxes. Please break them down and drop them off at the Police Chief’s Burglar Box Depot. The recycle bins are located on S. Pine St behind the Coquina City Hall. They will be in place from November 30, 2018 through January 7, 2019. Protect your home and your new treasures, by utilizing this free service.

Chief Tom Foster and all the members of the Bunnell Police Department wish you a Merry Christmas and urge you to stay safe throughout the holidays.

Shop With a Cop December 7th

On December 7th, members of the Bunnell Police Department will be participating in the Shop With a Cop. The picture to the right shows Officer Bagwell with one of our young shoppers from a prior year.

The purpose of the Shop with a Cop program is to foster positive relationships between youth and officers. Young kids, ages 5 through 10 are selected each year during the end-of-the-year holiday season to shop at one of the local area stores to purchase gifts. The children are selected with input from school counselors, the school resource deputy and our local police officers.

Each child is given an amount of money to spend, normally $100 - $150 depending on the size of the child's immediate family. Approximately 1-2 children are assigned to each police officer, who then escorts them around the store and assists in selecting appropriate gifts.

Preventing Vehicle Burglaries

During the holiday season stay safe! Motor vehicle burglaries have been occurring sporadically throughout the city of Bunnell and those committing these offenses are entering vehicles through unlocked car doors. The police department is actively investigating and there are several things that you can do to prevent yourself from becoming a victim.

 Take, Lock, Hide: The basic crime fighting tools to preventing burglaries to motor vehicles.
 Lock your vehicle. Yes, it takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise - and criminals hate making noise. A majority of our burglaries have been to unlocked vehicles. If you leave it, LOCK IT!
 Hide valuables from sight, or, even better, take items with you. If criminals don't see anything, they're less likely to break in, and will go to the next vehicle.
 Remember to hide valuables BEFORE you park in the place you're leaving your vehicle. If a criminal sees you put a laptop in the trunk, he'll just break into the trunk when you leave. The same advice for putting property under a seat - if a criminal sees you reaching under a seat, he'll assume something is under there, and break in, looking for property.
 If you see suspicious activity, call the police. Interior vehicle lights on, people lurking around vehicles, dogs barking for unknown reasons may all be indications of something amiss. If you see something, say something.

What to do if your vehicle gets burglarized:

 Don't touch anything in or on your vehicle.
 Call the Bunnell Police Department at Flagler County dispatch, 386-313-4911 or 911 if the suspect is still on scene.
 Make your neighbors aware of the burglary and consider starting a Neighborhood Watch program.
 Remember, there is no 100% fool-proof way to prevent all crime. You can make yourself less likely to be a victim of motor vehicle burglaries by following the above tips and by using common sense. Simply locking your vehicle and removing property from inside is half the battle.

Remember that YOU are an important partner in the fight against crime.