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Home  |  News  |  Sheriff Declares Crime Prevention Month – PROVIDING TIP OF THE DAY EACH DAY

Sheriff Declares Crime Prevention Month – PROVIDING TIP OF THE DAY EACH DAY
Sunday, October 9, 2011

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - “As your Sheriff it is my responsibility to improve the quality of life in Richland County and make sure that all citizens are cared for. One of the best ways that I know to do this is by providing you with information that will help you, help us, reduce your chances of becoming the victim of a crime.

To that end, I am officially declaring October as “Richland County’s Crime Prevention Month”. This declaration is my way of asking for your help. It is also my way of reminding you that the primary mission of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department is to provide diversionary programs to stop the criminal justice cycle, to prevent crime and to capture those that would terrorize our communities by victimizing you. This declaration is in conjunction with the effort by the National Crime Prevention Council to nationally dedicate a whole month to reminding citizens of the importance of preventing crime; I am asking that every citizen do 1 thing every day this month to help you protect you, your family and your home or business.

I am inviting you to celebrate Crime Prevention Awareness Month by practicing crime prevention (remember though that these efforts should be a year round priority) in return I will continue to fight crime and provide you with FREE crime prevention and training opportunities. Each day this month I will send out, through the media and social sites, tips that will help you and your family. You can also take advantage of the Sheriff’s Department’s FREE tools, tips, and services to help you reduce your chances of becoming a victim. Please take advantage of FREE business, home, church or community classes that can be taught by calling the Community Action Team at 803-576-3118 or by emailing sheriff@rcsd.net .

I will continue to “Build Unity in the Community” and partner with you in every way possible. Staying safe should be a priority for everyone. However, busy schedules, time constraints and routines often result in us providing criminals opportunities to make us victims. We would like to give you tips that can help you avoid becoming a victim of crime when you are at home, out and about, or at work. By taking a few simple precautions, you can discourage criminals and reduce your chances of becoming a victim:

· Remain alert at all times
· Be aware of what is going on around you
Be prepared and take proactive steps - educate yourself on crime prevention tactics.

October 9, 2011’s tip of the day is Safety prevention at School, home, and at play:

Safety at School
· Do not wear expensive jewelry or clothing.
· Do not carry more money than you need.
· Place your money in a secure pocket.
· Do not stay alone in the hallways between classes.

Safety At Play
· Do not ride your bicycle in deserted areas. Ride in a group, if possible. Do not ride at night.
· Do not stay alone in a playground or recreational area. Play in groups and walk home in groups. Stay away from dark and wooded area. Do not go into abandoned buildings.
· If something is wrong, scream and run to safety.
· If you leave your bicycle outside a store, house, or at any location, secure it with a good lock and chain.

Safety In Your Home
· Have your keys ready as you approach your door to enter.
· Do not attempt to enter your residence if you see a suspicious person in front of it or walking behind you. Go to a neighbor you trust.
· Make sure your door is always locked. If there is a knock at the door always acknowledge it.
· Do not open your door for strangers, no matter how friendly they seem. If they want to use your phone in an emergency, make the call for them.
· If you are alone in a house try to keep a radio or television turned on to give the impression that the residence is occupied.
Never tell anyone at the door or on the phone that you are alone. Do not give out any information.

Allow police to become familiar with your facility.
Practice good crime prevention.
Utilize local associations to keep abreast of current trends.

If you, or someone you know, have any information regarding any crime, you are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers. You could earn a reward up to $1,000.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crimestoppers by calling 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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