From Sept. 17-24, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 782 calls for service/events. Higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-113, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-50, Traffic Violations-37, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assist-30, Property Damage Crashes-30, Alarms-28, Check Well Beings-25, Shoplifting Complaints-23, Traffic Hazards-18, Misc. Animal-15, Personal Injury Crashes-14, Assist Other Police Dept. 14- Domestic Disputes-14, Property Damage Hit & Run-13, Unwanted Subject-13, and Car/Deer Accidents-13.
The month of October is nationally recognized as Crime Prevention Month, Bullying Prevention Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Substance Abuse Prevention Month, just to name a few. I want to focus on one of these topics each week during October.
I want to start with Crime Prevention Month and, specifically, what I think is on top of the list for all of us – Neighborhood Safety. Unfortunately, no neighborhood is completely immune to crime. However, there are steps parents can take to help keep your family and your neighborhood safe:
- Know where your children are and give them a time to check in or be home. When possible, have them leave a phone number of where they will be.
- Help children learn important phone numbers. Have your children practice reciting their home phone number and address, and your work and cell phone numbers. If they have trouble memorizing these, write them down on a card and have them carry it at all times. Tell your children where you will be and the best way to reach you.
- Set limits on where your children can go in your neighborhood. Do you want them crossing busy roads? Playing in alleys or abandoned buildings? Are there certain homes in your neighborhood that you don’t want your children to go to?
- Get to know your children’s friends. Meet their parents before letting your children to go to their home and keep a list of their phone numbers. If you can’t meet their parents, call and talk to them. Ask what your children might do at their house and if they will be supervised.
- Choose a safe house in your neighborhood. Pick a neighbor’s house where your children can go if they need help. Point out other places they can go for help, like stores, libraries, and police stations.
- Work together with your neighbors. Watch out for suspicious and unusual behavior in your neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors and their children so you can look out for one another.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich