This weekend, Sheriff's Deputies and Auxiliary Officers will begin distributing an informational door hanger with theft prevention tips to residences along more than one hundred roadways and neighborhoods throughout Carroll County. Personnel will hang the material on the front doors to each residence during the daytime or early evening hours only. The neighborhoods set to receive the distribution have been identified during crime analysis as having experienced multiple burglaries and or thefts over the past year, police said.
In fact, according to 2012 preliminary crime totals, thefts and burglaries increased 11% over 2011 from 2373 to 2635 reported occurrence, with these serious property crimes accounting for 87% of all crime in Carroll. Further, Sheriff's Office investigators estimate the theft of electronics, tools, cash and other valuables from unlocked vehicles, shed and homes account for almost three fourths of those crimes. Already this year, thieves have stolen nearly $500 thousand worth of valuables from residents, the majority of which had been left unsecured.