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Home  |  News  |  RCSD asks citizens to remain vigilant‏

RCSD asks citizens to remain vigilant‏
Saturday, August 25, 2012

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott states that during the three month period of May 2011 - August 2011, Richland County had 9 commercial armed robberies and 2 till tappings; compared to one year later (May 2012 - August 2012) there have been 17 armed robberies and 17 till tapings – 34 incidents this year; tripling these types of crime. Sheriff Lott stated that all crimes are taken seriously; recently this particular crime has taken a level of focus by the department, community, and media.

Sheriff Leon Lott states that robbery strikes fear in employees and customers and can cost businesses and citizens thousands of dollars each year. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the Richland County Sheriff's Department continues to aggressively patrol our commercial communities and pursue crimes committed against businesses and our citizens. The Sheriff added that arrests have been made connected with these cases and additional arrests are forthcoming.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that for business owners, daily maintenance of video surveillance equipment is extremely helpful in capturing criminals. Also, proper placement and angles of your cameras, inside and outside of the business, can lower the threat of crime. Another simple crime fighting tool is to keep your video surveillance camera lenses clean, it improves quality and aids in identification of criminals. The Sheriff adds that businesses should clean the countertops and cash registers between shifts and always make frequent deposits.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that businesses can receive FREE armed robbery prevention training and security surveys by contacting the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Community Action Team (C.A.T.) at 803-576-3191 or ragonzalez@rcsd.net . You may also obtain crime prevention tips from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department website: http://www.rcsd.net/dept/publicinfo.htm

Sheriff Leon Lott urges the public to stay vigilant in the fight against crime – always be aware of your surroundings and take note of suspicious persons or vehicles in the area. If you are the victim of any crime report it immediately -- try to describe the attacker accurately, your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that if you are a victim of robbery, give up your property -- don't give up your life.

Sheriff Leon Lott asks that anyone with information on any crime should call, email or text your anonymous tip to: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

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.

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