Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 831 calls for service/events. Our more higher responses were 25 Alarms, 19 Car/Deer accidents, 36 Citizen/Motorist Assists, 30 Check Well Beings 17 Domestic Disputes, 50 Shoplifting Complaints, 17 Larcenies, 11 Civil Complaints, 15 Operating While Impaired, 20 Property Damage Crashes, 50 Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicles, 35 Traffic Hazards, 149 Traffic Stops, 35 Traffic Violations.
Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer, which means many of us will be taking well-earned vacations that we have been planning, budgeting for, and looking forward to. And certainly your vacation can be a carefree, fun-filled time if you prepare carefully before you go.
Before You Leave - Travel safety begins before you even leave the house. Securing your home for vacation is one of the most important steps you can take. You want to make sure your home looks lived in, even while you are away, to deter potential burglars. Statistics show that crime rates rise by about 10 percent in June, July, and August, which also happen to be the peak summer vacation months. Thieves know this, so it’s vital you take steps to help protect your home while you are away.
Before you leave on vacation:
- Tell a neighbor your travel plans and ask them to help keep an eye on your property and alert the police to any suspicious activity.
- Lock all your windows and doors. Don’t forget about doors leading to the garage or second-story windows.
- Have mail and newspaper delivery stopped. A sign that nobody is home is a stack of mail and newspapers, as well as garbage cans left at the curb. You can temporarily stop delivery by contacting your newspaper carrier, the Post Office, and have a neighbor bring in the garbage bins.
- Make sure any yard tools are put away. A ladder, rakes, and even patio furniture, can all be used as tools to gain entry to your home.
While on Vacation - Whether at a theme park or at a fancy resort, there are a few safety precautions you can take to make sure you are as safe as possible.
- Stay off social media. Don’t tip criminals off by sharing too much information on your social networks. Refrain from posting photos, status updates, or “checking in” while on vacation.
- Tell friends and family at home your itinerary. It’s a good idea to let family and friends know your plans. Always let someone know when you’re expected to be back and what route you’re planning to take.
- Keep cash and credit cards separate places. Never carry your credit cards, cash, and passport at the same time.
- Make a copy of your passport. You’ll want to make two copies of your passport. Leave one copy at home with a trusted friend or family member and take another copy with you. When you go out sightseeing, take the copy with you and leave the original in a hotel safe until you are ready to travel again.
- Do a security sweep of your hotel room. Always keep your hotel door locked and never answer it for someone you don’t know. If you can, try to get a room near the front desk or the elevator.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich