Thank You Police Officers of America

“I have pulled dead, mangled bodies from cars.

I have lied to people as they were dying.

I said you are going to be fine as I held their hand and watched the life fade out.

I have held dying babies. Bought lunch for people who were mentally ill and haven’t eaten in a while.

I have had people try to stab me. Fought with men trying to shoot me.

I’ve been attacked by women while I was arresting their husband who had just severely beat them.

I have held towels on bullet wounds.

Done CPR when I knew it wouldn’t help just to make family members feel better.

I have torn down doors, fought in drug houses. Chased fugitives through the woods.

I have been in high-speed car chases.

Foot chases across an interstate during rush hour traffic.

I have been in crashes. Been squeezing the trigger about to kill a man when they came to their senses and stopped. Waded through large angry crowds by myself.

Drove like a madman to help a fellow officer. Let little kids who don’t have much sit in my patrol car and pretend they are a cop for their birthday.

I have taken a lot of people to jail. Given many breaks. Prayed for people I don’t even know.

Yes, and at times I have been “violent” when I had to be. I have been kind when I could.

I admit I have driven to some dark place and cried by myself when I was overwhelmed.

I have missed Christmas and other holidays more than I wanted to.

Every cop I know has done all these things and more for lousy pay, exhausting hours, and a short life expectancy.

We don’t want your pity, I don’t even ask for your respect. Just let us do our jobs without killing us”

Thank You Police Officers of America

Introduction to Crime Prevention and Fraud Prevention

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Foundation  and Kitsap Bank: have the privilege of presenting an Introduction to Crime Prevention and Fraud Prevention.

May 19th, Sunday, 2019 1-4 pm

The Beach Club
121 Marina View Dr. Port Ludlow

The Jefferson County Sheriffs Foundation is a Washington State licensed Corporation per 501 © 3 (Charity)

Kitsap Bank is a very well known and respected banking institution that does a little extra for their clients.

Law Enforcement is very aware of the fact that the crime of Fraud has rapidly increased among the elders in our society.  Kitsap Bank has addressed this problem by training Kim Johnson to become a Fraud Specialist that can assist our senior residents before they become victims.  Law Enforcement appreciates this interest and additional partnership that does a great deal to protect our communities.

We recently formed a team to bring the information that we have to the public via community meetings.  Our first Presentation is titled “ An Introduction to Crime Prevention and Fraud Prevention”,  it is an introduction since a comprehensive course would take in excess of twenty hours.

Every day we hear and see very disturbing incidents on Television and on the Internet.  This is reality in our society.  Why?  There are a great many reasons that have been studied for years but for most of us it is time to put our finger in the hole in the dyke and do what we can to prevent becoming a victim.  We are not going to address the social issues just the many things that you can do to protect yourselves and your neighbors.

Please take a few minutes and visit our Web Site, WWW.Jeffersoncountysheriffsfoundation.org.  There are several articles that will help you get started.  This site will give you the background of law enforcement going back several thousand years.  It will help you relate to problems while driving, shopping, walking near your home, the simple things you can do to make it safer.  It also covers animals, via Center Valley Animal Rescue and Raptor Birds.  There are bits of humor and many good solid techniques that will make you and your home and family safer.  It is surprising how you can prevent forced entry to your home for less than five dollars.  For twenty-five dollars and a trip to the hardware store you can install several safety devices and we will be glad to explain how!

The Team Members from Kitsap Bank are professional Bank Officers.  Those of us of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Foundation are primarily retired Peace Officers and business professionals.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office – Sizzle gives way to Steak Dazzle to Program Delivery

It’s been three months since Joe Nole was sworn in as Jefferson County Sheriff. There is definitely a “new sheriff in town.” But as far as the old saw goes that “a new broom sweeps clean?” There’s been no drastic restructuring, massive personnel turnover, oblique turns to the right or left, or old programs scrapped in favor of breathtaking new programs.

Superintendent David Fortino remains at the helm of the county jail. Chief Trevor Hansen continues to lead Civil Deputies, and Amanda Hamilton is still Confidential Secretary.  It’s true that Andy Pernsteiner has been named as Undersheriff, that Sergeant Bret Anglin has been appointed Supervising Detective, and that the office layout has been rearranged to reflect “pre-incumbent norms,” but for the most part? The men and women of the Sheriff’s office remain the dedicated, committed and professional force they have always been.

So what about that new broom? According to Sheriff Nole, his primary goal was accomplished the day after the election, when he entered the Sheriff’s office. “There was a palpable lightening of mood – a general feeling of relief, even euphoria from the rank and file,” said Nole. “No new administration wants to dwell on the perceived failures of its predecessors – but there was a reason that the deputies and detectives pressed me to run for office,” said Nole. “It wasn’t so much the policies or programs initiated over the last four years, but perceived underlying agendas. It always seemed to be more about the sizzle than the steak, more about the dazzle than the delivery. I intend to focus on the steak. I intend to focus on delivery.”

No one I talked to was eager to bash the previous leadership, all preferring to look forward. But there was a general consensus that the last few years were tainted by a divisive, no-confidence vibe, a sort of post-Ferguson mindset pitting the public against police officers.

“Jefferson County was faced with the reality of a Sheriff and Undersheriff who had served much of their time in California, without any Washington State law enforcement experience, running a team of deputies and detectives who had learned their trade and earned their rank right in the community they served,” said Nole. “That, combined with what appeared to be a presumption that the existing rank and file somehow couldn’t be trusted – that the community needed to be protected from its own law enforcement, led to micromanagement from the ‘top,’ and resentment from the ‘bottom.’”

Newly appointed Undersheriff Andy Pernsteiner offered some examples. “Take the ‘Blue Courage’ program pushed over the last few years,” said Pernsteiner. “Originally designed as an internal program to improve law enforcement officer physical, mental, and moral health – here, it was trotted out as external information – directed at the general public. Well, you can’t talk to the public about ‘restoring the shine on a police officer’s badge’ without sending a message that the current force is somehow tarnished,” continued Pernsteiner. “Of course there is always room for improvement, for personal and professional self-betterment, and we should all strive for that. But you can promote professional growth without implying incompetence or corruption. We’ve worked hard to earn the public’s trust. It hurt to watch that trust undermined by a publicity campaign.”

Deputy Sheriff Brian Anderson put it even more succinctly. “We needed a Sheriff who was willing to stand up for us,” said Anderson. “The concepts of police morale and a safe community are not mutually exclusive.”

So, what about that “new broom?” The 2017 Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Strategic Plan highlights six “issues” or “strategies” to “carry JCSO through the next several years,” and according to Sheriff Nole, it’s a solid guide. “A lot of hard work and resources went into developing our Strategic Plan – and the strategies, once stripped of any underlying agendas – promote good, solid achievements that would enhance any law enforcement agency,” said Nole. “The plan provided for updated policy manuals for the operations division and corrections division, and instituted access to Daily Training Bulletins for all personnel. It also accessed Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) expertise to review all JSCO policies, procedures and practices to bring them in line with WASPC best practices, and eventually result in State Accreditation for operations and corrections divisions.”

“Ideally, Accreditation should be accomplished within a year’s time – it’s all about current policy and familiarity with new issues and new case law,” continued Nole. “Again, we seemed to be pushing dazzle over delivery – and the process has dragged on for almost three years. I intend to make accreditation for operations a reality – as early as this Spring, and then push for corrections division final evaluations and accreditation.”

The Strategic Plan also promotes: Intervention and Engagement with At-Risk Populations; Enhancing Efficiencies with additional staffing; Employee Wellness and Safety; and Support Functions (Court Security, Animal Control, and Code Enforcement), most of which have Sheriff Nole’s complete and enthusiastic buy-in. Especially when it comes to Animal Control. “Previous administrations took Animal Control seriously, and were eventually able to carve out funding for a dedicated, uniformed animal control officer with a purpose-built van. I’ve watched the equipment ‘repurposed,’ the position debased, and finally eradicated,” said Nole. “My deputies do their level best to take up the slack, but not without a lot of personal risk. It may take some doing, faced with a budget that was built for other priorities, but I intend to reinstate a fully capable animal control function.”

Last fall, I participated in a Ride Along with Deputy Sheriff Brandon Przygocki, and just this month did a follow-up Ride Along with Deputy Sheriff Justin Coronado – to compare and contrast law enforcement under the two “regimes.”

Przygocki drove an unmarked Ford Explorer Police Interceptor. Coronado drove a Ford Explorer Police Interceptor emblazoned with JCSO colors and markings. Other than that? Absolutely no difference. The officers were professional, positive, dedicated, and upbeat. They loved doing their jobs, loved their communities, and took their sworn duty to “serve and protect” extremely seriously.

Both were either “from here” or had come up through the ranks in Jefferson County. Przygocki entered the system as a Police Cadet, worked for five years in dispatch for JCSO and as a reserve officer for the Port Townsend Police Department. Coronado worked for five years as a Corrections Officer at the Jefferson County Jail, before being promoted to Deputy Sheriff a year and a half ago. Both are married, have families and live within or near the communities they serve. Both had sat through mandatory “Blue Courage” training.” Both were aware of the previous regime’s “Coffee with a Cop” “community policing” effort – a program that would drag in off-duty deputies and pay them overtime to sit in restaurants at pre-announced dates and times to “bond with citizens.”

“There seemed to be an inherent insincerity in the program – an artificiality,” said Przygocki. “It started right after the previous sheriff was elected, withered, and then started up again just before the next election season.”

Coronado concurred. “We work here, shop here, and eat here. Our kids go to school here. There is never a shortage of opportunities to interact in a positive way, in a genuine way, with our fellow-citizens.”

So – the “new sheriff” isn’t that new, having served with the Sheriff’s Office for twenty-eight years. The “new” undersheriff isn’t that new. Andy Pernsteiner has served JCSO for two decades, over half of that time as a supervisor. And the “old guard” continue doing their jobs, day in, and day out – keeping their neighbors safe.

A new broom sweeps clean, but an old broom knows the corners. Sheriff Nole is committed to tempering the former, with the latter.

Still, there IS a new Sheriff in town.

“Crime Prevention” and “Preventing Senior Fraud”

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Foundation in cooperation with Kitsap Bank
Presents Crime Prevention” and “Preventing Senior Fraud

(Issues for our Community)

Sponsored by The South Bay Community Association

Thursday April 18th, 2019 at 1:00pm
Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Place, Port Ludlow

Breaking and Entering, Robbery, Assault are headlines all too often seen in our local papers. We want to believe crime doesn’t come to Port Ludlow, but the reality is different. Sometimes our isolation works against us. In addition, there is a criminal element that targets our community just because of our age. This can occur through financial fraud or by people posing as workers trying to help us. This program is intended to:

  1. Provide proven techniques to help you protect: yourself, your home and your possessions. In other words, how to prevent becoming a victim.
  2. Inform you of fraudulent scams aimed specifically at the elderly and give you methods to prevent victimization.
  3. Give you the opportunity to meet with professionals to discuss your specific issues.

INSTRUCTORS: Joe Kaare, JCSF Director of Training and a retired police sergeant will present the crime prevention portion of the program. Presenting how to identify fraudulent scams and fraud prevention strategies will be conducted by Kim Johnson, fraud specialist with Kitsap Bank.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY: At the conclusion of Kim’s Fraud presentation the audience will be given the opportunity to break into groups to discuss specific questions with the instructors and/or other staff from the JCSF Board of Directors, all of whom are experienced professionals in Law and Justice fields.

A limited number of Power Point packages along with brochures on many of the topics presented will be available. Seating limited to the first 200

Refreshments furnished by Kitsap Bank

What is Fraud?

What is Fraud?

We hear about fraud a lot these days—financial fraud, mail fraud, check fraud, credit card fraud, health care fraud the list goes on and on.  While the method may vary, fraud is basically a wrongful or deliberate deception by someone to secure unfair or unlawful personal gain, usually money or property.

According to Donald R. Cressey, the creator of the Fraud Triangle, the people who commit fraud do so for three reasons:

  1. Rationalization – justification for being dishonest
  2. Opportunity – the ability to carry out the fraud
  3. Pressure – the motivation for committing the fraud

For the purposes of the article, we’ll focus on opportunity.

It is up to us, as consumers, to not present fraudsters with the opportunity to commit fraud against us.  How do we go about protecting ourselves?   Here are some tips on how to become a smarter consumer and avoid fraud:

Guard your personal information with your life.
Fraudsters may call or e-mail pretending to be from a company you normally do business with and claim that they need to update your personal information.  Most of the companies you do business with will NEVER call or e-mail to get that information.  If you suspect that the call or e-mail may be legitimate, phone the company at the number you have for them (not the one given to you over the phone).

Always shred any paperwork that has any of your personal information on it. 

Mail your outgoing mail at a secure mail box.

Keep yourself safe online.
Do not send sensitive information over e-mail unless it is through a secure site.  A secure site will begin with https://.  If there is not an “s” in that address, then it is not a secure site.  Sometimes your browser will let you know if the information you are sending is encrypted.   Remember that just because you are sending the information on a safe site, the company you are sending it to may not keep it safe once they get it. Check the websites of that company to see how your information is safeguarded once they receive it.

Know who you are dealing with.
Before you do business online, in person, or over the phone, do your research to verify who you’re doing business with.  Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if the company is listed on their site.   If they are, what is their rating? Are there complaints filed against them?

Use your credit cards when you shop online.
Unlike debit cards, credit cards do not have direct access to your cash.  It is also easier to dispute the charges on a credit card.  Remember to always check your credit card statements on a monthly basis.  If you have a charge on your card that doesn’t belong to you, you only have 60 days to dispute it.

Never let someone pressure you into buying something or donating money to a charity.
Legitimate companies and charities will be happy to give you the time it takes to make a decision.   If they are too pushy or try to make you do something “right now”, then it is better to step away.  Once again, always research the charity you are giving money to before you make that monetary commitment.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

American consumers are bombarded by offers that sound too good to be true. These offers come door-to-door, through the mail, over the phone and by e-mail.  The Nigerian Letter or “419” Scam offers you the “opportunity” to share in a percentage of millions of dollars if you help them transfer those dollars out of the country. The phrases “you must act ‘now’ to take advantage of this incredible offer”, or “you’ve won a ‘free’ gift, vacation, or prize” are usually warning signs that someone is attempting to separate you from your hard-earned money.

Here are some important things to remember about lottery offers:

  1. You are not going to win a lottery that you did not enter. It’s also highly unlikely that a long lost, forgotten relative made you a beneficiary to his or her fortune.
  2. Think twice about responding to an offer via e-mail that is not professionally written, (spelling, proper use of capitalization, correct word usage).
  3. Never respond to an offer you don’t thoroughly understand.
  4. You should never have to pay money to get money.

Pull your credit report on an annual basis.
The website www.annualcreditreport.com will give you one free credit report (including all three credit bureaus) annually and it is a safe site.  It will ask for a credit card number and sign you up for the credit reporting (which you can cancel right away). Or, you can go to www.freecreditreport.com which is run by Experian.  This is a safe site as well, but will only give you the Experian report.  Check to make sure that everything on that credit report belongs to you.  If you notice items on there that aren’t yours, contact the credit bureau.  You may also want to put a freeze on your credit.

If you are doing everything you can to protect yourself from fraud and it still happens to you, there are a few things you can do.  The first thing you need to do is contact your bank or credit card company.  Let them know what is going on.  They may advise you to shut down your debit card, or possibly your whole account.

Depending on how the fraudster got to you, you might need to shut off your computer and unplug it from the wall then take it to a computer repair shop.   If the fraudster got into your computer, your best bet is to change all of the passwords on your accounts (online banking, e mail, shopping, etc).

If you are actually out money, you should go to the police and file a report.

In some cases of fraud, you get to decide whether to participate or not.  If you are contacted by someone and they are asking personal questions, you have every right to say that you will contact the company to make those updates.  If you are contacted by e-mail, you don’t have to click on the website or attachment.  If you are selling something on E Bay and someone wants to send you a check for more than your item is worth, you can say you are not interested and move on.

Hopefully this article has given you some tips on preventing fraud from happening to you.

If you have any questions or need help, please feel free to contact me at kjohnson@kitsapbank.com

 

Kim Johnson
Certified Fraud Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riding Shotgun with JCSO Deputy Brandon Przygocki

It’s a tight fit – strapped in the passenger seat of a Ford Explorer Police Interceptor crammed with radios, radars, computers, keyboards, and both lethal and non-lethal long weapons. Ten-year veteran Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff Brandon Przygocki holds the wheel. I am on a four-hour ride-along. Turning left out of the compound, we’ve barely made it down the road 100 yards when the lights go on, the siren sounds, and “we” have made our first traffic stop.

Przygocki’s demeanor is non-threatening – pleasant even, and empathetic (if not sympathetic). Ten miles over the speed limit, no priors, valid registration, current insurance, and the driver is let go with a warning.

Why a ride-along? Unless you are intimately familiar with law enforcement, or with the opposite extreme of the judicial system, ride-alongs offer access to an “undiscovered country” (to paraphrase Shakespeare) “from whose bourn (most) travelers return, and which can puzzle the will.” Sharing a day in the life of a traffic cop gives citizens a double dose of reality.

Five minutes later, and we are joining a two-car response to a domestic disturbance on Marrowstone Island. Not that I could understand the static-laden instructions relayed from dispatch. It takes special skill sets to decipher the terse reports breaking squelch on three to four channels, while keying the mic to respond, while keyboarding the computer, while whipping the car around 180 degrees, stomping on the gas, engaging the light bar, and goosing the siren as needed to move through traffic at speed. The car-to-car tactical channel confirms an officer ahead of us on the scene as we head to the domestic disturbance on Marrowstone. But now “we” have spotted a car with no front license plate.

A bleep of the siren, a quick check with dispatch, and Officer Przygocki engages the driver. No driver’s license – never had a driver’s license – couldn’t pass the driving test – and no insurance. A quirk in the Washington State Traffic Law codes “driving without a license” as an “infraction” with a $550 fine. Driving with a suspended license is a misdemeanor with a maximum jail sentence of ninety days in jail and a $1000 fine (first-time offenders, not due to gross negligence or DUI). If the suspension was for more serious reasons (multiple offenses or DUI) it is punishable by a fine of up to $5000 and a maximum sentence of 364 days. Police don’t write the laws – but they do enforce them.

We complete the original domestic disturbance call (a dispute between roommates resulting in one moving out) and are sent on our next assignment. A dog has been caught in the tide and is being swept towards Puget Sound. We are called off as the dog manages to paddle its way back to the beach.

Another domestic disturbance call – this one between siblings and the third call of the day to this same address. Again, two cars respond. The officers gently, but firmly de-escalate the conflict and one of the disputants departs the property.

Another traffic stop, thirteen miles over the speed limit – just outside of Port Hadlock. No priors, brand new car, dealer’s plates – the driver acknowledged an unfamiliarity with the new car and was released with a warning. Many, if not most traffic violations come down to driver inattention. If they weren’t paying attention before the traffic stop, chances are they are paying attention now, at least for the near future.

The last stop of the day (at least the last stop of my four-hour shift) provided an adrenalin/dopamine rush that had me wired for hours. Deputy Przygocki spotted a familiar face at the wheel of a car he probably shouldn’t have been driving, on the other side of a four-way intersection. An almost immediate about-face wasn’t enough. When we got across the intersection – there was no sign of the suspicious vehicle. Lights, siren, calls to dispatch, calls on tac channels, ploughing the center lines as traffic on both sides of the road (with varying degrees of alacrity) pulled over to make room, all the while keying the keyboard with his free hand (while I hung on for dear life). It’s amazing how fast and how far a screaming patrol car can go when it’s driven with a will. We quickly reached Port Ludlow but found that the suspect vehicle had turned off. Two can play that game. We clover-leafed through side roads at a more deliberate pace making our way back (without the lights and sound) until we’d all but closed on Port Hadlock – when there, around the corner and just off the waterfront, was that familiar face.

The driver was on a suspended/probationary license, with multiple DUI infractions and a mandated ignition interlock to monitor alcohol intake prior to starting and operating a vehicle. The driver was handcuffed, searched, and placed in the backseat of the police interceptor. A second squad car took charge of the driver’s passenger and vehicle, while we headed to the Jefferson County Sheriff compound, with a prisoner bound for the Jefferson County Jail.

It’s all about safety – public safety, and officer safety. Stopping a car for a few miles over the speed limit might not seem like a high-risk stop, but then again – it might be. Why were they speeding? Were they running from something? Running to something? Was it inattention, or a willful violation? If inattention – was it due to a medical condition? or intoxication? or confusion? If willful, does that display a chronic predisposition to criminal behavior?

Is there a gun in the car? Traffic stops are the leading cause of death for police officers, according to statistics from the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. They report that between 2000 and 2009, 118 officers were killed conducting traffic stops, compared with 82 handling domestic-violence complaints and 74 during disturbance calls.

Officer Przygocki knows the danger inherent in even the most routine traffic stop. He palm prints the back of every vehicle before approaching the driver. He’s putting his fingerprints and DNA on the vehicle to prove this was the last vehicle he had contact with if the stop turns violent and he’s unable to say it with words. His ritual is a grim reminder of how very dangerous his job is.

Ride-along programs offer a powerful bridge to the community. Officers (and their ride-along) are injected into the otherwise private lives of their fellow citizens unexpectedly, often during times of stress, vulnerability and anguish. Every contact has within it the possibility of escalation. To say it was “fun” trivializes the experience. To say the experience was “educational” evokes a noncommittal cliché that communicates nothing. For me? Witnessing even a small slice of a police officer’s job from the “other side of the windshield” was sobering, humbling, and infinitely reassuring.

Auto Theft or just Joy Riding – you decide!

The Washington State Legislature has determined that “A person is guilty of theft of a motor vehicle if he or she commits theft of a motor vehicle” Theft of a motor vehicle is a class B felony.

Why are we reading about Auto Theft?

  1. Automobiles are an essential part of our everyday lives!
  2. The West Coast is the only region of the United States with an increase of over three percent in motor vehicle thefts over the last several years. (2007)
  3. The family car is a priority of most individuals and families.
  4. The family car is typically the second largest investment a person has next to the home, so when a car is stolen, it causes a significant loss and inconvenience to people, imposes financial hardship, and negatively impact their work, school and personal activities.

Is it really that big a problem?  You be the judge!

  1. In Washington, more than one car is stolen every eleven minutes, one hundred and thirty-eight cars are stolen every day.
  2. Someone’s car has a one in one hundred seventy-nine chances of being stolen
  3. More vehicles were stolen in 2005 than in any previous year.
  4. Since 1994 auto theft has increased over fifty-five percent.
  5. The national crime insurance bureau reports that Seattle and Tacoma ranked in the top ten places for the most auto thefts, ninth and tenth respectively in 2004.l
  6. In 2005 over fifty thousand auto thefts were reported costing Washington citizens more than three hundred twenty-five million dollars in higher insurance rates and lost vehicles.
  7. Juveniles account for over half of he reported auto thefts with many of these thefts being their first criminal offence.

Hopefully your eyes are now open, but, keep in mind that these statistics from the internet (Washington State Legislature) are about fifteen years old.  A great deal has happened since then.  One important thing is the price of vehicle has increased tremendously.  Registration costs have gone up, cost of fuel has gone up, cost of insurance has gone up and sadly auto theft rates continue to climb.

Citizens who have not been a victim of auto theft and suffered the loss of their car even for a few days fail to realize that very few stolen cars are returned to the victim in the condition they were in when stolen.  Tires are flat, body damage very common and generally they have suffered some vandalism.  Naturally the insurance company will take care of it.  Possibly, but it will never be returned to the condition it was when stolen.  What out of pocket expenses did you experience due to the theft?  Renting a car? Paying for the impound and storage fees (cash or credit card) if the vehicle was found quickly.   These out of pocket expenses go on an on.  We have not even considered the costs and inconvenience of having to go to court IF the crook is apprehended!  Now, just consider this, your car was five years old, its has depreciated in value but is still your family car.  When stolen it was wrecked (totaled), you will need to find another vehicle.  Are you going to find something as good as your old car with the allowance the insurance company is offering you?  Are you going to have to retain an attorney?   Prices of used cars have gone up!

Enough already!!!!!

What is the answer?   As much as I hate to say this, the answer is up to you.  How do you protect your home from burglary?

There are several things you can do to prevent auto theft, but each will take some due diligence on your part.

Let’s keep this short and sweet!

  1. LOCK YOUR CAR, EVERY TIME YOU PARK IT!
  2. PARK IN A WELL LIGHTED LOT NOT IN A DARK ALLEY.
  3. PARK WHERE YOUR VEHICLE IS VISABLE TO OTHERS.
  4. NEVER LEAVE YOUR KEYS IN THE CAR.
  5. NEVER LEAVE YOUR WINDOWS DOWN
  6. REPORT SUSPICIOUS PERSONS IN THE AREA (immediately, not next week)

Will this stop Auto Theft?   NO!

Will this make a difference?  Possibly!

What are the chances of my car being recovered?  Very good, a high percentage of stolen cars are recovered in the first several weeks but you can only bet on it in Las Vegas!

Please follow www.jeffersoncountysheriffsfoundation.org  for further information on how to protect your property from theft.

Doug Henderson
President, Jefferson County Sheriffs Foundation
San Diego Police Department
Retired Sgt. San Diego County Sheriff’s Department