“Lock It or Lose It” Awareness Program
Sheriff Hall Launches “Lock It, or Lose It” Awareness Program
Unfortunately, as the economy gets worse, criminals decide to prey on, and steal from, those who leave valuable items inside their unlocked vehicles. Auto burglaries are the number one victim assisted crime. This is very unfortunate because they can be prevented! Despite the continued warnings to the public to secure their vehicles, the number of burglaries to unlocked vehicles continues to rise. Statistically, based on a three year average (2009-2011), 87% of car burglaries in Santa Rosa County are to unlocked vehicles. It is a common tactic of thieves to go through neighborhoods checking for unlocked vehicles. If a vehicle is found to be secured, a thief will usually move on to a different vehicle. Due to this, Sheriff Hall has launched a new public awareness program called “Lock It, or Lose It”. The program involves the placing of “Lock It, or Lose It” bumper stickers on all
The Sheriff has also mandated that all marked patrol vehicles display the Santa Rosa County Crime Stoppers phone number and website, as well as a decal promoting “Watch for Motorcycles” in partnership with A.B.A.T.E. (American Bikers Aiming Toward Education).