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Generally a safe city, visitors to Fort Lauderdale should still be cautious during the late night hours. The most common crime in Fort Lauderdale is actually automobile burglary, and the local police recommend to avoid remote areas and to park your car in an area of high pedestrian activity.
Even if you are only gone for a few minutes you should lock your cars' doors and close all the windows. Don’t leave loose change around in plain sight in your parked car, as the police advise that this a common cause of why cars are broken into by street people, who often look for the spare change. Likewise, don’t leave a cell phone in your car in plain site either, as these and laptop computers are sought after by thieves.
Women visitors should be watchful as well, and it is advisable that single females not venture alone especially at times like spring break.
If you are the victim of a crime contact the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, by calling 954-828-5700. The address for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department is 1300 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312.