Benton County Sheriff's Dispatch

By: 
Eric Knox
Benton County Sheriff
Hello Benton County! I’m reaching out today to inform you of a rash of thefts and burglaries taking place within our County. They are not confined to any one geographical area and we are sure that they are not the same perpetrators. Most of the thefts are done by people who can’t or won’t work due to drug usage. A smaller percentage of the crime, is crimes of opportunity. 
I need your help! I need you to be vigilant! Please be aware of your surroundings. You know who belongs in your neighborhood and you know who drives in your areas. If you see something out of place or you don’t recognize a vehicle, jot the plate number and vehicle description down on a pad of paper, or better yet, take a picture of it. Keep it on hand so if something happens and you or your neighbor become a victim, we have a place to start.
Those of you who watch CSI or Criminal Minds will expect finger prints and tire track molds to be done, DNA testing on site and a super computer in the form of a laptop that can solve a crime in minutes. I’m sorry to break it to you but TV sometimes stretches the truth on a few things! Finger prints can be taken and crimes solved but it’s rare to find a good print in the county setting with all the dust and dirt and a lot of the bad guys wear gloves. Then you need to be a career criminal or there won’t be a finger print record at all. Did I mention it could take months or even a year to get a result if you’re lucky enough to find a good print? Property crimes are at the bottom of the State labs priority list due to lack of violence. 
Where I’m going with this good citizens, is watch out for one another! If you see something, say something! Get involved and take your neighborhoods back from these thieving no goods! Spend a little money and install some good quality color night vision capable cameras. They need to record to the cloud so you have the video even if they steal or destroy your equipment. Purchase a good security system. A few dollars up front might be the difference between getting justice for your loss, or the bad guys never being caught. Without an eye witness or the unblinking eye of a camera, the chances of solving this type of crime is slim. 
The Friends of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a community outreach on our Neighborhood Watch Program. I urge you to come join us on July 19th at the Warsaw Shrine Club starting at 7:00 PM. Bring your neighbors, find out what to watch for and get your neighborhood organized. This program is free and open to the public. Be a part of the change you want to see in Benton County! We can make a difference if we work together as a community!
Eric Knox
Benton County Sheriff
 

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