From August 27-September 3, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 811 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-125, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-46, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-45, Traffic Violations-42, Alarms-38, Shoplifting Complaints-30, Property Damage Crashes-24, Traffic Hazards-24, Check Well-Beings-21, Civil Complaints-19, Domestic Disputes-19, Personal Injury Crashes-18, Disorderly Person or Subject-13, Larcenies-13, Loud Noises-13, and Suicide Threat or Attempt-13.
Parents: With school back in session, many of our children will be home from school before we get home from work. Follow these tips to make the most of keeping your children safe.
- Make a plan: Tell children what they should do in an emergency, such as hide from burglars, evacuate during a fire, and call 911 if there’s an emergency. Children should know the safest way to escape from their home.
- Practice and write down important phone numbers: Work with your child to help them memorize your cell phone number and 911. For other numbers, write them down in a place that’s easy to find and make sure they know where it is.
- Show them how to use your home security system: Make sure children know how to arm and disarm your home security system properly so that they can use it, particularly if they are home alone. At the very least, show children how to use a panic button or call for help.
- Make arrangements with a trusted neighbor: If your child will be home alone for any period, talk to a neighbor you trust about being a resource for them in case of emergency. Tell your children that if there’s a serious problem, they can go to your neighbor’s house for help.
- Create a code word: Talk with your child to create a code word that others can use to indicate that they’re safe to talk to. This is useful for friends, family, and neighbors that might need to visit your home or drive your child somewhere.
- Put together a safety kit: Ask your child to help you gather items for a home security and safety kit, including a first aid kit, radio, flashlight, and important emergency numbers.
- Establish rules for checking in: Another important tip for children at home is making sure they know how and when to check in with you. Create and agree to guidelines together about when they’ll call you, such as when they get home, if someone knocks on the door, and when friends want to come over.
- Set guidelines for social media: For older children, make sure they’re clear on what is and isn’t OK to post on social media, such as your home address and travel plans.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich