Date: July 14, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Sheriff Crow Advises Citizens to Secure Belongings

In keeping with the PROCAP (Proactive Community Attack on Problems) philosophy adopted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office in 1998, Sheriff Crow reminds citizens that they can have a positive impact on crime in their communities by adopting a few simple preventative measures, such as locking car doors and securing belongings.  Although deputies' hard work and efforts in reducing car thefts and burglaries county-wide have been highly successful, there are still areas all over the county who suffer from business, residential, and conveyance burglaries as crimes of opportunity.

For example, in June 2003 the Southeast District (Poinciana, Winter Haven, Frostproof) saw 103 burglaries occur, where over 60% of them involved unlocked car doors and unsecured property.  Had these 60 victims been more aware of the risks, they might not be victims today. That's not to say that all crimes are preventable, but as a community we can all benefit from taking a more proactive approach to deterring criminals by locking doors and securing property, such as lawn mowers and tools.   (For further information about these or any other crimes in this area, contact the Southeast District Command at 678-4170.)

If you have any questions or would like to arm yourself with more information on how to avoid becoming a victim of burglaries and thefts, please visit our website at, or call the Crime Prevention Section at (863) 534-6677.  Sheriff Crow says, "By eliminating opportunities for crime to occur, together we can make a positive difference."

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

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