Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office have partnered with a number of non-profit organizations and local businesses to provide a free Church Safety and Security Summit on Saturday, August 25th, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For the last several years the sheriff’s office has made an attempt to reach the local churches to educate their key leaders and staff about safety and security measures.
“Our goal with the summit is to empower pastors and church leaders with information to protect the men, women and children who attend our local churches,” commented Sergeant Carrie Edge, Public Information Officer. “Congregants deserve to enjoy worship without fearing for their safety.”
Unfortunately safety concerns are a real issue for churches in our society. During the summit, presenters will address these concerns and provide the information church leaders need to be prepared to take action if it is ever needed. The summit agenda will cover crucial security topics including: child safety and protection, developing a church safety plan; active shooter training; recognizing the signs of domestic violence and more.
Due to limited space and high interest, churches are asked to limit their attendees to four. Registration can be found by visiting Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com . All attendees are asked to register for this free event, as lunch will be served. Early registration is highly recommended to ensure a spot for your attendees.
Well, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Only a few shopping days left until the big day and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) would like to ensure a safe and memorable Christmas for you and yours. This is a busy time of year when many become distracted and careless exposing their vulnerabilities making them susceptible to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too prepared, careful or aware. The FCSO hope the information below will provide you safe, happy and peaceful holiday season.
Merry Christmas from the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office!
- Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
- Park as close to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
- Choose ATMs that is located inside a well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.
- Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad.
- Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.
- Shop during daylight hours whenever possible; go with someone if you must shop at night
- Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
- Do not carry a purse or wallet.
- Even though you are busy or preoccupied, stay alert to your surroundings.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay with a check or credit card when possible.
- Keep cash in your front pocket.
- Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
- Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping. If your child is separated from, teach them to go to a store clerk and ask for help.
- Children should never be allowed to go to the restroom or car alone; never leave children alone.
- Avoid overloading yourself with packages. Be sure you maintain clear visibility and freedom of motion.
- Never leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. If you must leave something in your vehicle, lock it in the trunk or be sure it is out of sight.
- Always locate your keys and have them in hand prior to going to your car.
- Secure your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door. If possible, use the child safety belt on your shopping cart to secure the handle of purses, bags, etc. to deter theft.
- Be wary strangers approaching you; “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
- Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
- If you are away from your home for a long period of time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
- Put indoor and outdoor lights on an a timer.
- Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
- Holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
- If you use lights on your Christmas tree, ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Place live Christmas trees in water or wet sand to keep it green.
- Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.
- Only donate to recognized charitable organizations. It is not uncommon for thieves to take advantage of the generosity of the season.
- Arrange for an official designated driver for your party who will not drink at all or establish alternative transportation for intoxicated guests.
- Have something high in protein to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages to slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.
- Never drink and drive.