My staff and I wish to thank each and every citizen for the support that you have given our Sheriff's Office this year. Collectively, we all can make a difference and with the support of our communities through our Neighborhood Watch groups and so many other civic and community groups working with us, the Sheriff's Office is definitely moving Dyer County forward in striving for a safer community.

We would like to take time wish each citizen a Happy Thanksgiving and a blessed Holiday Season.

Jeff Box, Dyer County Sheriff

Continue Reading below to see our Holiday Crime Prevention Tips.

Avoiding Holiday Theft

Although we'd like to believe the holidays bring out peace on earth and good will towards men (as the Christmas carol goes), the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day tend to be a prime season for criminals. During this busy time of year, you can take some easy precautions to prevent becoming a victim of theft.

Consider the following safety tips.

When holiday shopping:

  • Don't park in unlit areas at night.
  • Put your shopping bags in your trunk. Don't try to cover items on your seats with a blanket. Better yet, take your packages straight home after a shopping spree and then go back out.
  • Don't carry large amounts of cash with you, or else, keep it in your front pocket not in your purse or wallet.
  • Be extra careful when carrying a purse - they are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas. If you must carry one, make sure it has a strap that can go over the shoulder and be held under the arm, making them more difficult for purse snatchers to grab.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you. This is the time of year when thieves may try various methods to distract you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

At home:

  • Being Involved in a active Neighborhood Watch Program
  • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
  • Leave a light on when you leave your home at night or put your lights (including Christmas lights) on an automatic timer.
  • Make sure your holiday gifts are not visible through the windows and doors of your home.
  • Never say you are away from home on the outgoing message on you answering machine or voice mail. Simply say you are unable to get answer the phone at the time.
  • If you are a Concealed Carry Permit holder who is skilled and comfortable comfortable carry your firearm, carry it on your person, don't leave it in your car.

During the holidays, many people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. Protecting yourself and your home from potential crime is the easiest way to ensure a safe and happy holiday season.

Dyer County Sheriff's Office is increasing patrols in rural and residential areas during this holiday season, help us help you by reporting suspicious activity at 731-285-2802.

In case of emergency dial 911.