The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging citizens to become involved
in the safety of their communities by forming neighborhood CrimeWatch groups.
The CrimeWatch program sponsored by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
is a neighborhood watch initiative that urges citizens to be alert to what is
going on in their neighborhood. According
to Sheriff Bobby Riles, “Our CrimeWatch program gets us back to how it used to
be growing up in a small town.” The
Sheriff was referring to how the CrimeWatch program puts people back in touch
with their neighbors and fosters an atmosphere where people are looking out for
The Sheriff also encourages citizens to use another
component of the CrimeWatch Program, the CrimeWatch Hotline.
This hotline is method that citizens can use to anonymously leave tips
regarding narcotics activity, burglaries, thefts, wanted persons, or any other
criminal activity. Callers to the
hotline are greeted by a recording after which they may leave a recorded message
that will be forwarded to investigators. These
messages are checked daily Monday thru Friday, so callers should not use this
line for emergency calls or anything requiring immediate attention, but should
instead contact Sheriff’s Dispatch at 901-465-3456.
The CrimeWatch Hotline can be reached by calling 901-466-0030.
The Sheriff’s Office also cautions citizens to be aware
of new telephone and internet email scams that have recently focused on senior
citizens. Sheriff Riles says
“These scams may ask you for your bank account information or for money for
non-existing charities.” Individuals
that give this information may find out many months later that they have been
the victim of identity theft.
If you are interested in starting a CrimeWatch group in
your community or have any questions regarding the program or the scams
mentioned above, contact Chief Ray Garcia at 901-466-3933 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the links below to download several CrimeWatch information resources:
CrimeWatch Implementation Manual
This 30 page Microsoft Word document serves as a guidebook
for residents wishing to implement a new Neighborhood CrimeWatch Program in
Burglaries - How To Protect Your Home
This booklet provides a step by step guide to target harden
your home in an effort to prevent burglaries.
This brochure provides a checklist of items to help you to
ensure the security of your residence.
This brochure provides a checklist to
ensure that you have taken proper steps to safeguard your home while out of town
Rural Crime Tips
This brochure provides tips to help
residents secure their homes against the most common rural crime, property
Personal Property Identification Log
These forms provide a method to log
down identifying information of valuables such as make/model/serial number to
assist law enforcement in the event of a burglary.
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