Securing your vaction home in Citrus county

 

 

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Citrus county, Florida

Citrus county is one of the few areas here in Florida where natural wetlands and beautiful woodlands remain untouched. With hundreds of acres of lakes, rivers, streams and the Gulf of Mexico to surround the many state and county forests here, Citrus county is one of Florida’s true secret gems. It is no wonder so many people retire to this beautiful tropical sanctuary from their frozen homesteads up north. Citrus county has a large population of homeowners who live in the area during the winter months and return to their northern homes in the summer. This migration of “snowbirds” presents a special security challenge not only for the homeowners who leave their homes empty for part of the year, but also for the law enforcement officials and fire departments who protect them.

Unoccupied homes are an attractive target to not only burglars, vandals and thieves, but also to the homeless, who see the empty house as part time shelter. So with so many different threats, what is a homeowner to do? We suggest that homeowners utilize a number of resources and tactics to protect their property while they are away.

The first resource we suggest would be to contact the Citrus county sheriff’s office and request a free security inspection while the homeowner is still here in Florida. The Citrus county Sheriffs office serves Inverness, Hernando, Crystal River, Homosassa, Beverly Hills, Lecanto, Floral City, Holder, Dunnellon, Citrus Springs and Citrus Hills here in Citrus county. There are a number of locksmiths in the area that provide this service as well, but most charge for this service. The sheriffs office will send a deputy, armed with the statistics of how most breakins occur in the area, to your property, at no cost to the homeowner and will inspect your house, the windows, doors, garage and outside structures and grounds to identify any areas that may require attention. They also offer a program called vacation watch. You can print and send a form to be added to this special program in for their vacation watch program. Bringing in the sheriffs department for an inspection also gives you the opportunity to let the sheriffs department know that you are not in the home for part of the year and gives you the chance to give them your contact information in the event something happens on your property while your away. If you have given a key to a neighbor, you will want to let the sheriffs office know who has the key. Giving the Sheriffs office your contact information will enable law enforcement to notify you right away in the event something happens, as well as provide you with an extra set of eyes watching your home while your away.

Once you have given the sheriffs department the heads up that you are not at your home for part of the year, it is a good idea to let a trusted neighbor(s) know when you will be gone. A neighbor is likely to be the first one to spot an intruder in your home and notify police. If you have a neighbor who is trustworthy, you may want to give them a key to the house while your gone so that if something does happen and law enforcement or the fire department needs to enter the residence while your away, they can do so without damaging a door or window to get in. Notify your neighbor of anyone who is allowed on the property while your gone. For example if you allow grown children to be there when your away or if you hire a pool company or lawn service to maintain the property, let your neighbors know who is allowed to be there. If they spot someone they were not told about, they know to notify the police. Most homeowners who leave their homes empty for part of the year close all blinds and curtains while they are away. While this does work to keep valuables out of site, it also blocks neighbors and law enforcement from being able to easily see if someone is inside the home. You may consider leaving a curtain open in a window facing the road, or the neighbors home, so neighbors can spot someone in the home. If someone is in the home at night, it may difficult for a neighbor to detect a lamp or flashlight being used inside the home with all the curtains closed. On the other hand if you leave a curtain open, a neighbor watching your property can easily detect light coming from your home and call authorities.If you choose to leave a curtain open, it is a good idea to keep expensive electronics and other valuables out of the range of view of the window.

If you have a central heat and air unit, pool pump and filter or other appliances outside your home, we suggest having these items secured as well. You can either take these units inside a garage or storage shed while your away or have a security cage installed to protect those items. Storing your appliances of course involves considerable time and effort to dismantle when your getting ready to leave and requires reassembly when you return. We offer another option here at 1 Able Locksmith. We sell and install air conditioner security cages that bolt to the concrete pad under your A/C unit and provide a way to “lock up” your unit. These cages not only work for A/C units but can be adjusted to fit pool filter systems and other appliances you may have in your yard as well. The price to purchase and install these security cages is much cheaper than the insurance deductible.

Lastly,one of the most important resources you have at your disposal are your door and window locks themselves. Not all locks are created equal. For example, many of the locks widely available at local hardware stores can be opened by a method known as bumping. This method of opening a lock has long been held as a locksmiths secret weapon. Today, thanks to the internet, the secret is out and the internet is full of videos that teach thieves this quick and easy method to gain entry into your home. Once this old locksmith trade secret became known to the public, some lock manufacturers stepped up and created their locks to be bump resistant. Schlage locks are a good example of a lock that is highly resistant to bumping. There are several other lock manufacturers that offer this type of protection. A good local locksmith can add bump proofing pins to your existing locks to render them bump resistant as well.

Burglary and vandalism will likely never be prevented entirely, but with proactive forethought, a little preventative action and the use of the resources available to you, you have a fighting chance to keep the things you have worked so hard to get secure while your away.

 

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Protecting your Citrus county business!

Turn on any television or pick up a newspaper anywhere in the country and you soon discover that theft is on the rise. Here in Citrus county, Florida the sheriffs office is helping citizens and businesses fight back by providing resources that we can all use.

The Citrus county Sheriff’s office has a program designed specifically to help business owners in our area. This program is free and easy to use and enables the sheriffs office to respond to the security needs of the businesses in our area in an organized and timely fashion.

I have enclosed the form needed to partner with the sheriff’s office here for your convenience because like you and the sheriffs office, 1 Able locksmith strives to promote security for you, your families, businesses and our community.

 

 

Citrus county Sheriff

 

            1 DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AVE INVERNESS, FLORIDA 34450

    PHONE 352 726-4488

 

      Sheriff’s Star Program

A Free Service for our Business Community!

 

Dear Business Owner,

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has a free program called the Sheriff’s Star. After registering for the program, a decal is placed in the front window of your business. On that decal is a number that is linked to a Sheriff’s database. That database contains contact information for your business. In the event of an emergency after hours,a deputy could use that information to contact you or a designee. To enroll in the program, please complete the information below.

Business Information:

Name of person completing this form:

____________________________________________________

Do you have a current Star number in the window? Yes    No

If Yes, what is the #:____________

Business Name: ______________________________________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________________

City: _________________________________ Zip Code:___________________________

Business Phone #: (______) ______-___________ Business Fax #: (______) ______-___________

E-mail Address: ______________________________________________________________________

Emergency Contact Information:

First Contact: Name: __________________________________________________________

Phone #1: (______) ______-___________

Phone #2: (______) ______-___________

Second Contact: Name: __________________________________________________________

Phone #1: (______) ______-___________

Phone #2: (______) ______-___________

Third Contact: Name: __________________________________________________________

Phone #1: (______) ______-___________

Phone #2: (______) ______-___________

Fax this form to 352-746-6696 or mail it to: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

                                                                   ATTN: Star Program Coordinator

                                                                1 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue

                                                                        Inverness, Florida 34450

For a FREE Crime Prevention Survey of your business, please call the Crime Prevention Division at 726-4488.

 

CCSO Form 05/2008

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Citrus county Crime report

 

 

Citrus county Crime report for  3/15/2012 – 3/21/2012

Home invasion

                                                           33 crimes found

The following statistics were taken from the Citrus county Sheriffs crime mapping section of their website. We thought you’d like to know…

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  CRIMINAL MISCHIEF/VANDALISM 2012-00053588 1600 BLOCK U S HIGHWAY 41 Citrus County Sheriff 3/21/2012 02:57 AM
  GRAND THEFT 2012-00053523 1500 BLOCK J WILLIAMS LN Citrus County Sheriff 3/20/2012 10:38 PM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00053435 3000 BLOCK BUFFALO LN Citrus County Sheriff 3/20/2012 07:16 PM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00053388 9700 BLOCK WOODHAVEN LN Citrus County Sheriff 3/20/2012 06:02 PM
  GRAND THEFT 2012-00053311 4400 BLOCK AMARILLO DR Citrus County Sheriff 3/20/2012 03:33 PM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00053172 10000 BLOCK TARA RD Citrus County Sheriff 3/20/2012 11:34 AM
  VEHICLE BURGLARY 2012-00053143 300 BLOCK OSCEOLA AVE Citrus County Sheriff 3/20/2012 10:43 AM
  DISTURBANCE 2012-00052973 5700 BLOCK PINE CIR Citrus County Sheriff 3/20/2012 05:04 AM
  FRAUD INFORMATION 2012-00052829 6500 BLOCK SOURGUM TER Citrus County Sheriff 3/19/2012 09:03 PM
  COMMERCIAL BURGLARY 2012-00052488 600 BLOCK CITRUS AVE Citrus County Sheriff 3/19/2012 10:39 AM
  COMMERCIAL BURGLARY 2012-00052444 500 BLOCK SUNCOAST BLVD Citrus County Sheriff 3/19/2012 09:18 AM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00052436 11400 BLOCK LONI TER Citrus County Sheriff 3/19/2012 08:56 AM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00052107 800 BLOCK ROSEMARY PT Citrus County Sheriff 3/18/2012 05:07 PM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00052047 8100 BLOCK JONI LEE CT Citrus County Sheriff 3/18/2012 03:02 PM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00052001 5300 BLOCK ELKCAM BLVD Citrus County Sheriff 3/18/2012 12:44 PM
  FRAUD INFORMATION 2012-00051997 3900 BLOCK LAKE TODD DR Citrus County Sheriff 3/18/2012 12:28 PM
  DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE 2012-00051730 200 BLOCK HWY 19 Citrus County Sheriff 3/18/2012 01:24 AM
  CRIMINAL MISCHIEF/VANDALISM 2012-00051655 9000 BLOCK GOSPEL ISLAND RD Citrus County Sheriff 3/17/2012 10:59 PM
  FRAUD INFORMATION 2012-00051249 3800 BLOCK BLACK DIAMOND CIR Citrus County Sheriff 3/17/2012 10:56 AM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00050913 400 BLOCK SAMS PT Citrus County Sheriff 3/16/2012 09:54 PM
  GRAND THEFT 2012-00050735 700 BLOCK 7TH AVE Citrus County Sheriff 3/16/2012 05:03 PM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00050671 0 BLOCK JACKSON ST Citrus County Sheriff 3/16/2012 03:08 PM
  FRAUD INFORMATION 2012-00050553 900 BLOCK SAVARY AVE Citrus County Sheriff 3/16/2012 12:45 PM
  LARCENY – PETIT THEFT 2012-00050515 2800 BLOCK GULF TO LAKE HWY Citrus County Sheriff 3/16/2012 11:38 AM
  FRAUD INFORMATION 2012-00050477 1100 BLOCK TIGER PT Citrus County Sheriff 3/16/2012 10:55 AM
  VEHICLE BURGLARY 2012-00050438 1200 BLOCK 5TH ST Citrus County Sheriff 3/16/2012 09:57 AM
  GRAND THEFT 2012-00050432 5400 BLOCK CANAGAN CT Citrus County Sheriff 3/16/2012 09:48 AM
  GRAND THEFT 2012-00050178 900 BLOCK ABNER PL Citrus County Sheriff 3/15/2012 11:35 PM
  CRIMINAL MISCHIEF/VANDALISM 2012-00050162 3000 BLOCK PORTER ST Citrus County Sheriff 3/15/2012 11:00 PM
  VEHICLE BURGLARY 2012-00050069 1400 BLOCK U S HIGHWAY 41 Citrus County Sheriff 3/15/2012 07:51 PM
  DISTURBANCE 2012-00049895 1000 BLOCK MIDDLE SCHOOL DR Citrus County Sheriff 3/15/2012 02:22 PM
  FRAUD INFORMATION 2012-00049837 100 BLOCK HWY 19 Citrus County Sheriff 3/15/2012 12:16 PM
  CRIMINAL MISCHIEF/VANDALISM 2012-00049720 0 BLOCK HARRISON ST Citrus County Sheriff 3/15/2012 08:17 AM

Citrus County Sheriffs Crime Prevention Team

Did you know that the Citrus County Sheriff’s department offers citizens and businesses in Citrus county valuable resources to keep your families, homes and businesses secure?

Commercial and residential property owners in Citrus County can request a free security survey from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Crime Prevention team, and their employees are always willing to speak to community or civic groups about personal safety or child identification programs.

For more information contact Sgt. Chris Evan at 527-3701
Email: crimeprevention@sheriffcitrus.org.

The Sheriffs Office also offers Citrus County Seniors valuable resources as well.

Don Moran is the senior affairs coordinator for the Sheriff’s Office. He is responsible for assisting senior members in the community in locating needed services.

He has a wealth of knowledge and can provide valuable help to those in need. He can be reached by calling 527-4260.
Email: dmoran@sheriffcitrus.org.

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Citrus County Crime Report

 

Lock out Crime

Citrus county Sheriffs lock out crime campaign

The Citrus county Sheriffs Office has reported 14 crimes between 2/18/2012 and 2/24/2012 involving theft, burglary, motor vehicle theft, assault, homicide, robbery, weapons crimes, vehicle break ins. In an ongoing effort to keep the citizens of Citrus county aware of the crime around them, the Citrus county Sheriffs office posts these crimes on their website under the heading Crimemapping. Here is the link to the Citrus county Sheriffs crimemapping website:  http://www.crimemapping.com/map/fl/citruscounty.  We at 1 Able Locksmith support our local Sheriffs Office and repost this information in an effort to help make our neighbors and customers aware of the crime in our area.

It appears that the majority of burglarys have occured in unoccupied buildings. A good many of these crimes are taking place in broad daylight, in the middle of the day.

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