Power of Crime Prevention
Did you know about two thirds of car “break-ins” in Jefferson County happen to cars left unlocked? Clearly, criminals take the path of least resistance.
Unfortunately, minor crimes like car trespasses often involve the theft of personal identification materials such as credit cards, Drivers Licenses, or vehicle registrations, allowing thieves to commit more serious identity theft crimes.
Since criminals usually look for the lowest-hanging fruit, prevention methods are effective in keeping crime rates low. Sure, there will always be unpredictable and unpreventable crimes, but we know many of the crimes in our county can be prevented.
The Sheriff’s Office has a dedicated team of certified crime prevention deputies who work with citizens to prevent crime. Through on-site visits, phone calls, special events, child safety activities, and other opportunities, these deputies share vital information with the public on how to keep crime at bay.
Here are some ways you can take advantage of the services they provide:
Our crime prevention team speaks at businesses, association meetings, service clubs, and even scout meetings. They instruct bank employees on what to do in the event of a robbery, construction companies on preventing copper theft, and school groups on responsible reporting. They are available to speak to your organization on a variety of public safety topics.
Crime prevention deputies attend dozens of community events throughout the year, distributing literature on topics from nuisance dogs to sex offenders. They answer questions and share information about crime and quality-of-life issues in Jefferson County. Events you’ll find them include the County Fair and Festival; Rhubarb Festival; Red, White and You; and the West Metro Fire Muster.
One of the services our team provides is an on-site security survey. A deputy will evaluate your home or business's strengths and weaknesses, including locks, lighting, and landscaping. Then they'll recommend changes to make the building more secure.
National Night Out
National Night Out (NNO) is a series of local celebrations held on the first Tuesday in August each year. NNO gives neighbors an opportunity to get together in a setting close to home. Of the many crime prevention strategies, communication between neighbors ranks among the most effective. NNO is also an opportunity for deputies to interact with residents in a positive, relaxed, and informal way.
Taking steps to help prevent crime in your neighborhood is a smart way to protect yourself and your family. But it’s also an investment in your community and your quality of life. To learn more about crime prevention services, call 303-271-5859 or email us.