According to NeighborhoodScout, Miami’s crime rate of 63 incidents per one thousand residents, “is one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities.” Over 93% of Florida communities have less crime than this coastal city; the chances you will be a victim of a crime in Miami is just 1 in 16. While property crime is of major concern, Miami also experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation compared to cities and towns of all sizes throughout the nation.
Drugs are often cited as the central issue behind most criminal activity, and nowhere is this more evident than in Florida. Because of the city’s unique geographic location near the Caribbean, Miami is a prime target for drug smugglers in search of easy entry points for illicit shipments into the world’s largest consumer market. About 14 percent of U.S.-bound cocaine shipments were trafficked through the Caribbean in the first half of 2013, and Puerto Rico and the neighboring Dominican Republic are emerging as trade hubs, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Another study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, shows that in the last three years, drug use increased among nearly all users in the Florida area, with the exception of Heroin.
Fortunately for Miami residents, if you are the victim of a crime, there are several services available to help you. As a primary resource, the City of Miami Police Department, with the support of a Victims Of Crime Act grant, established a Victim Advocate Program in 1997. The Victim Advocate Program provides immediate and long-term assistance to any person who has suffered, directly or indirectly, a physical, emotional, or personal loss as a result of a criminal act. This assistance includes notifying victims of their specific legal rights and victim’s compensation benefits. The Program also helps the Police function more efficiently by gathering information and working directly with victims to assist them with matters pertaining to their case. For more details on this and other related programs, call the Miami Police Non-Emergency number at (305) 579-6111.
If a crime is committed in your home, you may need help returning your home to a safe, clean state. As the nation’s largest dedicated crime scene cleanup company, Aftermath Services is now proud to provide discreet, compassionate cleanup in the Miami area. Our skilled technicians are on call 24/7 and will arrive expediently at your location to begin the cleaning process. An Aftermath supervisor will stay in touch with you and your family each step of the way, keeping you updated so you know what to expect. Cleaning can take anywhere from a few hours to several days, depending on the severity of the situation. If your insurance covers cleanup, our client services department is ready to assist you with that aspect of the paperwork. Upon arrival, the trauma scene is quarantined for your safety – plastic sheeting is erected and air scrubbers remove odors and bacteria from the air. Technicians wearing full personal protective gear get to work, ensuring that every surface is disinfected, sanitized, and deodorized in a procedure called a biowash.
If you are looking for biohazard cleanup assistance in Miami or anywhere else nationwide, Aftermath is ready and able to assist you. While we hope you never have to use our service, we are here when you need us. Please call 877-872-4339 any time of the day or night.