If your home has ever been the target of burglars, you know that a small increase in property crime has accompanied our county’s rapid expansion.
While no one is able to truly “burglar proof” any home, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office is taking steps to increase community awareness by providing security advice and related services to residents both before and after a burglary is committed.
It is our hope that by instituting some basic safety measures and by taking advantage of a CCSO-conducted security survey your home will become less of a target for criminals. By contacting our Community Policing Unit personnel at (904) 213-6177 you can request to have a deputy visit your home to conduct a security survey. This service is FREE for any Clay County resident and takes just 30 minutes or less. The peace-of-mind you’ll receive is well worth the time.
Meanwhile, here are some tips we can all follow to better protect our property and families:
- Consider installation of a professional, monitored, registered alarm system
- While out of town, have mail and newspaper delivery postponed or ask a neighbor to pick it up regularly in your absence
- Proper lighting of your house and surrounding yard/driveway is crucial to preventing a break-in
- While on vacation, attach interior lamps to automatic on/off switch system
- “Beware of Dog” signs are a great deterrent – so is an actual dog!
- Landscape under first-floor windows using thorny plants such as rose and holly bushes
Going on vacation? Leaving town for work? Whatever the reason, being away from your home for any length of time can lead to anxiety if you have security concerns. Our agency’s House Watch Program is designed to provide you with peace of mind by placing your address on a stepped-up patrol list. Deputies in your area will be instructed to keep a close eye on your property and to conduct area checks more regularly while you are away.
To take advantage of this program, simply call the CCSO main number, (904) 264-6512, and ask to have your home placed on the House Watch list.