From May 29-June 5, 2022, Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 843 calls for service/events. Higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-161, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-48, Traffic Violations-45, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-42, Check Well-Beings-38, Traffic Hazards-33, Property Damage Crashes-31, Alarms-29, Shoplifting Complaints-28, Domestic Disputes-21, Car/Deer Accidents-18, Larcenies-14, Property Damage Hit & Run-14, Civil Complaints-13, Personal Injury Crashes-13, and Unwanted Subjects-13.
Vacation Checks – If you haven’t heard of this service, it is quite popular with many of our snowbirds. There is a simple form that is completed over the phone where you would give your address, contact information, who you would like notified in case of an emergency, any vehicles being left on the premises, special lighting on timers, and any information on people you might have checking on your home while you’re gone. An Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputy is then assigned to periodically check your home until your return. This is a free service, and if you are leaving for an extended length of time or maybe a family vacation, the number to call to sign up is 517-543-5247.
Before You Leave - 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 to deter potential burglars.
- Tell a neighbor your travel plans, 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.
- 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 -
- Stay off social media. Don’t tip criminals off by sharing too much information on your social networks.
- Tell friends and family at home your itinerary. It’s a good idea to let family and friends know your plans, 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, never answer it for someone you don’t know, and try to get a room near the front desk or the elevator.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich