In the aftermath of Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Jeanne, the Polk County Sheriff's Office has noticed a marked increase in portable generator thefts. Since August 13th, over 50 have been stolen in the East portion of Polk County alone, and the thefts are still being reported. In order to prevent becoming a victim of this crime, Sheriff Crow also advises residents to secure their generators, as well any other easily removed property.
Detectives are diligently following leads and have even found several generators they believe may have been stolen, but without citizens' help, these cases cannot be solved. Sheriff Crow advises residents to record their generator's serial number and identifying information, and keep that information in a secure place. If they are an unfortunate victim of a theft, once the generator is recovered, it can be returned to its rightful owner. Without proper identification however, stolen property often cannot be returned or even classified as "recovered".
If you have any information about generator thefts in your area, please contact a property crimes detective in the following districts, according to where you live, or dial 533-0344:
Southwest (south Lakeland, Bartow, Fort Meade): 499-2400
Northwest (north Lakeland, Polk City): 815-6515
Northeast (Inwood, Winter Haven, I4-27): 297-1100
Southeast (Lake Wales, Wahneta): 534-6291
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