News from the desk of Sheriff Potter


“Staying Secure: Ensuring a Safe and Joyful Holiday Season”
As we approach the holiday season, I want to take a moment to remind our community of the importance of safety, both at home and while you're out and about. The holidays are a time of joy, togetherness and celebration, but it’s also a time to bring awareness about unique safety challenges that we all can face.
The safety of your loved ones and yourself within the comfort of your home is most important. This season, oftentimes we see an increase in home burglaries, so we advise you to please take the necessary precautions to secure your property. Ensure all doors and windows are locked when you're not at home. If you're planning to travel during the holidays, ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your home, pick up your mail and create the illusion that someone is present.
Decorating your home is a cherished holiday tradition, but it's important to do so safely. Be cautious when using holiday lights and decorations, and always follow manufacturer instructions. Check for frayed wires, replace any damaged decorations and don't overload electrical circuits. Remember to turn off decorative lights and blow out candles before going to bed or leaving the house.
When it comes to holiday shopping, whether in-store or online, be vigilant. In crowded shopping centers, keep a close eye on your belongings, and don't leave valuable items visible in your car. When shopping online, only use reputable websites and be cautious of potential scams or fraudulent deals. Remember to protect your personal and financial information by using secure, trusted payment methods.
If you're planning to travel, whether by car, plane, or any other means, ensure that your vehicle is in good working condition and that you're well-prepared for the journey. Take your time, obey all traffic laws and avoid driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Always wear your seatbelt, and make sure children are properly restrained in car seats or booster seats.
Finally, let's not forget the importance of looking out for one another during the holiday season. If you see something that doesn't seem right, don't hesitate to report it to us. We're here to keep our community safe, and your assistance can make a significant difference in preventing crime.
The holiday season is a time for joy, gratitude and kindness. By prioritizing safety in our homes and while we're out and about, we can ensure that this special time of year is filled with happy memories and cherished moments. Together, we can make this holiday season one to remember for all the right reasons.
Be Kind, Be Safe, God Bless.
Sheriff James F. Potter