Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 773 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-132, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-61, Traffic Violations-45, Check Well Beings-30, Property Damage Crashes-26, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assist-25, Shoplifting Complaints-23, Alarms-22, Domestic Disputes-21, Prisoner Transports-19, Traffic Hazards-17, Civil Complaints-15, Larcenies-14, Car/Deer Accidents-13, Personal Injury Crashes-12, and Harassment-10.
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 – Home and Neighborhood Safety. Our home is our safe haven, our comfort zone, and there are ways to help protect your home and your neighborhood from crime. From simple steps like keeping your doors locked to starting a Neighborhood Watch program, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent crime. Here are just a few:
- Work with your neighbors to keep your neighborhood clean and orderly.
- Keep spare keys with a trusted neighbor, not under a doormat or planter, on a ledge, or in the mailbox.
- Set timers on lights when you’re away from home, so they appear to be occupied.
- Illuminate or eliminate places an intruder might hide: the spaces between trees or shrubs, stairwells, alleys, hallways, and entry ways.
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.
- Have your children practice reciting their home phone number and address, and your work and cell phone numbers or write them down on a card and have them carry it at all times.
- Set limits on where your children can go in your neighborhood. Do you want them crossing busy roads?
- Get to know your children’s friends and meet their parents before letting your children to go to their home and keep a list of their phone numbers.
- 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.
- 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