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Police Reports & Recent Criminal Activity

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Listed below is criminal activity that has occurred in Miami Springs.

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October 22, 2015

A new crime trend involving vehicle burglaries, or sometimes robberies, is known as "Bank Jugging".  While we're not sure about how it got the name, we can tell you how it works.


  • "Bank Jugging" describes suspects who sit in bank parking lots and watch customers.  The suspects then follow the customers until they have an opportunity to burglarize the vehicles or rob them.
  • “Juggers” most frequently target customers carrying bank bags, bank envelopes or coin boxes.
  • Most vehicle burglaries occur at a retail or commercial business that the customer stops at after leaving the bank.
  • The criminals will usually go back to the bank and find another mark if the previous one never left the money unattended; although, some of them have confronted the victim in person and attempted to rob them by force.


  • Occupied vehicles backed into parking spaces with clear views of the front doors of the bank, the ATM or commercial drive thru lanes.
  • Vehicles that arrive at the bank but none of the occupants enter the bank.
  • Vehicles with little or no visibility of the occupants because of very dark or mirror window tints.


  • Always try to be aware of your surroundings.
  • Never openly carry bank bags, envelopes or coin boxes.  Always try to conceal the money before you leave the bank, whenever possible.
  • Be aware of anyone following you from the area of a bank.
  • If you suspect you are being targeted, call 911 from your cell phone and keep the dispatcher informed of your location, the direction you are traveling, and drive towards the nearest Police station until marked police cars are able to locate you.
  • Minimize the number of stops between the bank and your final destination with the money.  More stops means more opportunities for the "Juggers" to burglarize the vehicle or confront you directly.
  • Do not leave or try to hide your bank bag or bank envelope in your vehicle when you exit at your next destination.  Take the money with you if you can.



Many vehicles have been burglarized over the past several weeks here in Miami Springs.  More than a half dozen of them were unlocked at the time, making it a low risk/high reward situation for the burglars.  In addition to cellular phones, wallets or spare change, a handgun was removed from one of the vehicles.  Also, a residence with an unlocked sliding glass door might have been the method of entry used by subjects who burglarized the house while a resident was asleep inside.  The burlglar actually enterd the bedroom where the victim was sleeping and took a laptop computer, an iPhone and an iPad.

Criminals have learned that all they have to do is walk down a street trying vehicle door handles in order to have some success.  It makes no difference to them if the car is parked on the swale or in your driveway.  They will also literally walk around your house checking doors and windows.  Don’t give the criminals an opportunity to make you a victim.

Do not leave anything valuable in plain view in your vehicles.  This is an invitation for crime to occur in our city.  Do not make it easy for criminals to practice their trade!

It is always the right time to practice crime prevention. All the time, day or night.