A Message From Sheriff Snyder
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office urges residents in Martin County to report any type of suspicious activity you may see at any time. The Sheriff’s Office relies on its residents to help us prevent crime and keep crime out of our amazing community. If at any time you or someone you know, sees suspicious activity, call 911 immediately. We often get asked if 911 is appropriate to call when reporting suspicious activity. It absolutely is! We want the information and need the information to help prevent crime. Calling 911 for suspicious activity does NOT bother the Sheriff’s Office. That is what we are here for. To protect the public and property. Most people don’t want to get involved or are in fear of retaliation. When calling, you do not have to leave your name, phone number or address. You can remain completely anonymous. When speaking to the 911 operator, make sure to tell them that you would like to remain anonymous. Your name, phone number and address are taken out of the call. Third party callers are also protected by Chapter 119 when calling in on 911 to report suspicious activity. We want you to work together with us to help keep Martin County safe! We would much rather come out and the report be absolutely nothing, than come out to houses and vehicles broken in to where nobody called the Sheriff’s Office.
A pair of Pit Bulls have been seen wandering the neighborhood. If you see them please call Animal Control.
A MESSAGE FROM A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH COORDINATOR
Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.
This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.
If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.
P.S. I am sending this to you because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem.