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The reduction of crime and victimization is a priority of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. Sharing information about crime trends is essential to this endeavor. Annually, nearly three-fourths of all criminal activity within Carroll County is related to theft. Thieves routinely steal items from unlocked homes, garages, and sheds, open motor vehicles, and property left unsecured and unattended in yards. Members of the community, working in collaboration with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, can help to significantly reduce these crimes.
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is pleased to offer these crime prevention tips and resources contained within these pages. We also hope that you will share this information with your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. Using these guidelines will help you stay informed about crime occuring within your community, identify suspicious persons and activities, and adopt proactive measures to reduce the possibility of becoming a crime victim. As always, should you encounter any situation that requires the assistance of law enforcement please call 911, or the toll free anonymous TIPS hotline at 1-888-399-TIPS (4877).
Crime prevention is:
“Being aware that a crime CAN occur, and ANTICIPATING the type, location, and time, and TAKING ACTION to reduce the chance of it happening.”
There are three elements that must be present before a criminal can commit an illegal act: DESIRE, ABILITY and OPPORTUNITY. By eliminating just one of these components, crime can be averted. While control over the first two elements, DESIRE and ABILITY rests solely with the suspect, you can have considerable impact on the third – OPPORTUNITY.
Crime prevention is largely using instinct, action, and common sense, to eliminate (or greatly reduce) a criminal’s opportunity. Your responsibility lies in removing opportunity to decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim. While the blame for illegal acts rests with the criminal, the fact remains we all have a crucial role to play in the area of crime prevention.
Crime prevention requires a holistic approach involving every member of the community. The collective actions of everyone within a neighborhood are vital to success.
For more information on how you can prevent crime in your neighborhood, please view and/or print our brochure entitled "Understanding Crime Prevention".
If you would like more information on how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of Identity Theft or what to do if you should become a victim, please view/print our brochure "Don't Be A Victim".
How Can You Practice Crime Prevention?
1. EDUCATE YOURSELF ON CRIME PREVENTION TECHNIQUES.
Contact the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for information on how to make your home more secure, mark your personal property and maintain personal security. Request a residential home security survey.
2. KNOW YOUR SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES
Know the location of the Sheriff’s Office and substations. Get to know and support your local deputy.
3. REPORT ALL CRIME
Utilize the 911 system for emergencies and to report suspicious activities or circumstances. No violation is too small to be reported. Don't assume someone haas already reported the incident.
4. STAY INFORMED
Knowledge is POWER. Follow the news. Keep current on local crime problems. Attend public meetings. Become familiar with local crime trends and what proactive measures are being done to address the issues.
5. WORK WITH OTHERS
Support groups, community associations, and other proactive neighborhood organizations are invaluable in combating crime. Encourage children to become actively involved in the effort to build character and foster a sense of security.
1. Remove Valuables
If you can leave your valuables at home, do so. If this is not an option, place your items in the trunk or out of public view.
2. Lock your Vehicle
Verify that your vehicle is securely locked before leaving it unattended. Be mindful that remote locking devices can malfunction, so verify their proper operation before leaving the vehicle unattended.
3. Close Windows and Sun Roofs
Windows and sun/moon roof allow a thief quick and easy access to your vehicle's interior and the property within. Access can be gained through a very small opening so ensure windows are completely closed and the sun roof secured.
4. Install an Alarm
Consider the use of an alarm with an ignition kill switch and/or the use of an external steering wheel or brake system locking device.
When possible, park in well lit areas with a high volume of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
Most burglars spend under (60) seconds attempting to break into a home. A quality alarm system, good lighting (with motion sensor activation), solid deadbolt locks, and vigilant neighbors can be powerful deterrents to crime. The following tips can reduce a burglars OPPORTUNITY, and make your home less appealing to the criminal element:
By using these few guidelines, we can reduce the number of crimes occurring within our community and truly make Carroll County a great place to live, work and play.