Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 890 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-214, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-55, Traffic Violations-53, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-45, Alarms-34, Shoplifting Complaints-30, Traffic Hazards-27, Check Well Beings-25, Larcenies-23, Property Damage Crashes-21, Car Deer Accidents-21, Argument or Verbal Altercation-11, Civil Complaints-11, Personal Injury Crash-11, Disorderly Person or Subject-10, and Suicidal Threat or Attempt-8
National Crime Prevention Month - Safe communities often result from law enforcement working with residents as equal partners in preventing crime. Crime prevention covers many different topics, i.e., bullying, keeping guns locked and stored properly, identity theft, credit card fraud, gang prevention, and scams. These are just a few of the crimes to be aware of during this important recognition month:
- Bullying – We mostly hear about bullying occurring in schools, but there is also cyberbullying and workplace bullying. Bullying is degrading, hurtful, and harmful to someone’s self-esteem. Stompoutbullying.org is an excellent website with many resources that cover a wide range of bullying.
- Keeping guns locked and stored properly - A trigger lock can be used to keep someone from being able to pull the trigger. Trigger locks are available in a variety of configurations, from basic key lock options to those that require combinations to open the lock. The cable lock can be used on most firearms. The cable is most often placed through the gun barrel, which generally impedes loading and firing. Storage cases come in various sizes and can be used for both storing and locking up a firearm. The case can be locked, but the lock must often be purchased separately. A lock box is like a small safe that allows you to store your firearm safely and securely via key or combination lock or by a digital keypad, to prevent unauthorized access to the firearm. This safe comes in a number of sizes to accommodate long guns, such as rifles and shotguns, and includes spaces for storing handguns as well. Much like the lock box, the gun safe has the option of a combination lock or digital keypad to lock it.
- Identity Theft – Some types of identity theft are – credit card, telephone, cell phone, or utility accounts opened in your name; checking, debit, and savings accounts opened in your name; loans, leases, and medical insurance claims; and to get Government benefits like social security and unemployment benefits. All of these forms of identity theft can be financially devastating and very stressful. Please report any suspicious activity to your financial institution and local law enforcement agency immediately.
Your safety and well-being are very important to me. Please be vigilant daily in your homes, social media, neighborhoods, and internet purchases.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich