Sheriff's Holiday Message
The holiday season is upon us, and unfortunately, we tend to see an increase in property crimes this time of year. There are things one can do to minimize the chances of becoming a victim to a crime:
- Secure your valuables.
- Lock doors and windows.
- Do not open your door to someone you don’t know.
- Do not leave packages or valuables in view in your home or vehicle.
- If traveling, have a friend or neighbor pick up mail and newspapers, and attach timers to lights, radio, and TV to give the appearance someone is home.
- Pay attention to other people and your surroundings.
- Do not talk to strangers.
- Be careful not to make yourself vulnerable by carrying too many packages at once.
- Ladies, keep your purse close to your body.
- If someone does attempt to take your property, it is better to let it go, than to risk being injured or killed.
If someone does take your property, there are steps one can take to enhance the chances of it being returned if recovered. Take a little time to place your name and identifying marks on all electronics, tools, power equipment, firearms, jewelry, and other personal property. Also take photographs and make a list noting any serial numbers or marks. We can enter the data in a computer system that can be checked by other law enforcement agencies as well. You may use the attached inventory list for your records. It may also be used to assist your insurance agent in making sure you are adequately covered or in filing a claim.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is always patrolling and on the look-out for wanted individuals in our community. We are working hard to help keep your family safe this holiday season.
Sherff Jeff Shaver