Between February 27-March 6, 2022, Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 784 calls for service. Higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-160, Suspicious Situation/Subject/Vehicle-41, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assist-39, Traffic Violations-34, Shoplifting Complaints-33, Alarms-25, Traffic Hazards-23, Property Damage Crashes-22, Check Well Beings-17, Civil Complaints-16, Car/Deer Accidents-15, Larcenies-14, Domestic Disputes-13, Assaults-11, Personal Injury Crashes-11, and Unwanted Subject-9.
Take Steps to Protect Your Identity -
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your identifying information such as name, date of birth, social security number or credit card number to obtain goods, services, credit or open fraudulent bank accounts.
To lessen your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft, consider these tips:
- Create a strong unique password. Don’t use family or pet names, birthdates or any part of your social security number. Use acronyms and misspellings mixing upper and lower case letters.
- Don’t overshare on social media. Info like your email address, birth date and even your children’s names are used for scamming and identity theft.
- Never give out your entire Social Security number (SSN) over the phone or online.
- Never give out identifying information in response to unsolicited offers by phone, mail, internet or in-person.
- Do not call telephone numbers provided in emails that ask you to “call to verify” personal information.
- Review financial and credit card statements monthly for unauthorized charges.
- Install anti-virus and anti-spyware software on your computer, keep it up-to-date and run a weekly scan.
- Cross-shred documents (i.e., receipts, insurance forms, bank and credit card statements) containing personal identifiers before discarding.
- Be suspicious of emails that ask you to click a link to claim a prize or ask for immediate action.
- Never leave your purse and/or wallet unattended. Additionally, limit the number of credit cards you carry and never carry your social security card.
- When using the internet to make purchases, look for the “s” in the address (https) to ensure it is a secure site.
You are entitled to one free credit disclosure in a 12-month period. To request this free credit report, visit Central Source at www.annualcreditreport.com, or call 877-322-8228.
Yours in Public Safety
Sheriff Tom Reich