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Office of the Eaton County Sheriff - Weekly Update

Posted on: March 22, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Weekly Update Article March 20, 2023

From March 12-19, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 753 calls for service/events. Higher call volumes occurred in the following areas:   Traffic Stops-125, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-41, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-37, Property Damage Crashes-32, Traffic Violations-29, Shoplifting Complaints-26, Check Well Beings-26, Alarms-22, Traffic Hazards-17, Car/Deer Accidents-15, Domestic Disputes-15, Civil Complaints-13, Personal Injury Crashes-11, Suicidal Threat or Attempt-10, Disorderly Person or Subject-10, and Property Damage Hit & Run-9.

Protecting your home while on spring break – 

Inside the house:

  • Set timers on interior lights. Don't allow your house to appear as if no one is home.
  • Disconnect the computer, TV, stereo and other electronics, or make sure they are plugged safely into a surge protector.
  • Don't make or socialize status updates. Never broadcast your location on social media. 
  • Alert your alarm company. If you have an automatic security system in place, call your representative.  Make sure the alarm is set properly when you leave.  
  • Secure valuables. Doing this ensures that you don't leave out anything valuable in plain sight that a burglar might be able to see from a window.
  • Set the HVAC. Set a programmable thermostat to lower your heat or air conditioning usage and remember to change the thermostat's battery.
  • Make sure pipes in vulnerable areas such as attics, basements, and crawlspaces are insulated. Set your thermostat at 55 degrees or above. Ask a neighbor or trusted friend to stop by and check on the house and periodically turn on the faucets to help ensure the pipes don't freeze.
  • Lock all doors and windows. It might seem obvious, but double-check just to be sure. 


Outside the house:

  • Arrange for lawn care.  Before you leave, trim tree branches that might allow access to a climbing burglar.
  • Stop newspapers and mail. Stop mail and newspaper deliveries, or have them regularly picked up by a neighbor.  
  • Plan some exterior lighting. Set lights on timers to deter burglars.
  • Don't leave spare keys outdoors. Collect any hidden spare keys from around the exterior of your home.
  • Lock the garage. Even if there is no entrance to your house from the garage, there's still a chance for numerous things to be stolen.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

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