Crime prevention community commitment

Spring Crime Prevention Tips from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

The following is a community alert the Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff’s Office sent to their residents using tip411 to share crime prevention tips for Spring:

“Just some friendly reminders since we just hopped into Spring. The weather is beautiful outside and there will be some spring cleaning going on inside homes as well as yard work outside in preparation for the upcoming warmer months.

  • Ensure doors and windows are locked at your home. This includes even if you are only leaving for a short period of time.
  • Ensure all of your gardening tools are secured in your garage or storage shed with adequate locking mechanisms. Don’t leave your garage open when you are working outside in the backyard out of sight of your garage. Criminals look for opportunities such as open garages.
  • Do not leave your garage door open to vent the heat out, even if it is just a few inches. Criminals can and will slide underneath. They may even use a child to slide underneath and open the door for them.
  • Always secure bicycles out of sight and in a secure location.
  • Ensure that you have a secure door between you and possible solicitors. Always keep your screen door locked and if you do answer the door, then you have a secondary barrier between. Criminals take opportunities with unsecured screen doors and make their way inside.”

View the alert to see their full list of tips.

Near-instant results for Cumberland’s new CCPOTIP crime text service

When Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae announced the rollout of the expanded countywide CCPOTIP crime tip texting system, she said she hoped the public would use the service.

But she may not have realized how quickly Cumberland residents, when they heard of the system, would put it to use.

Literally just a couple of hours after the Nov. 18 press conference, around 4:16 p.m., the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office received its first tip — information about a fugitive from Vineland.

Jennifer Watkins of the 1500 Block of Mayslanding Road, Vineland, was arrested Nov. 19 on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in Superior Court on a burglary charge, officials said. 

The next day, Sheriff’s Officers Timothy Woods and Joshua Sheppard used the information to track down and arrest Jennifer Watkins of the 1500 Block of Mayslanding Road, on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in Superior Court on a burglary charge, officials said.

She was taken to the Cumberland County Jail, Bridgeton.

“I am encouraged to see that the CCPOTIP app has worked so soon,” Webb-McRae said recently after the first tip arrest with the expanded system. “It demonstrates that this tool is a safe, convenient way for the members of the public to help law enforcement.

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