Source: Miami Sun-Sentinel
Residents in the North Miami Beach neighborhood where Rabbi Joseph Raksin was gunned down while walking during the Sabbath have noticed an increase in both Miami-Dade and North Miami Beach police presence since the tragedy.
Maj. Saima Plasencia of the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Intracoastal District said in a press conference following the shooting tragedy that in that particular neighborhood, the department has increased patrols since the defacing of Congregation Torah V’Emunah last month. This Orthodox synagogue is located near the scene where Raksin’s murder took place.
Local residents are encouraged with the increase of police patrol.
“I’ve seen a lot of undercover police officers and a lot of uniformed officers,” said Yona Lunger, a member of North Miami Beach’s Shmira Patrol, a neighborhood watch group that patrols the area. “They’ve been very active.”
Lunger has noticed that police officers have stopped vehicles that have been suspicious and that have been speeding, going through stop signs, and traffic lights in the neighborhood. He also knows that DUI arrests have been made at night in the area and has a lot of confidence the local police will catch the killer. He also mentioned that a lot more members have joined the neighborhood watch group since the tragedy, including non-Jews who have joined on the weekends during the Sabbath.