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The Office of the Sheriff believes proactive policing and utilizing effective Crime Prevention Programs in partnership with the citizens of the County remain integral in reducing crime within the community. Although every employee of the Sheriff's Office is responsible for achieving effective community relations objectives on a daily basis, additional opportunities exists for citizens of the community to get more involved in their neighborhood.  Two such crime prevention programs currently being utilized in Franklin County include:

   • Neighborhood Watch: is a program commonly referred to as crime watch, where citizens stay actively involved with other citizens  that reside within their direct community.  It is an organized group of individuals that remain committed to deterring and preventing crime and vandalism within their neighborhood.   This program educates citizens of the community on security and safety and how to better achieve safe and secure neighborhoods by working collectively for the same cause.

• Business Watch: is a program that operates under a similar premise as the Neighborhood Watch program, with the exception that it is geared toward business owners in the commercial environment.  One distinct differentiation between it and the Neighborhood Watch Program is that patrol deputies perform business checks at establishments located within their assigned sector and leave a written notice notifying business owners the date and time the business check was accomplished.

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OPERATION CHRISTMAS TREE 2017 IS UNDERWAY

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Sheriff Bill Overton announces Operation Christmas Tree 2017 is up and running. Through the process of pre-sales, FCSO was able to help 12 Franklin County families greatly during Christmas of 2016. These beautiful Fraser Fir trees will be 6' to 8' in height and trimmed to your specifications on pick up day. For a donation of ONLY $30 per tree, you can have one of these fantastic trees.  Contact Deputy H. L. Nolen if you would like a tree at 540-814-1724. Trees will be cut on 11/18 to guarantee freshness.

 

 

FCSO WARNS OF SECURITY SYSTEM SCAM

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Another SCAM is being attempted around our county. This one is stating they are from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and even uses one of our administration telephone numbers. The scammer claims we are giving away a free security system. The caller then attempts to collect personal information from our residents. THIS IS A SCAM. The Office of the Sheriff advises you to hang up immediately. If you are contacted by anyone and feel it is a scam, please call us at 540-483-3000.

 

 

 

 

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF LOOKING FOR IMPAIRED DRIVERS

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Watch this important short film about not driving impaired. Sheriff Overton wants everyone to return home safe to their families.

We are responsible for each other out on the highways, choose wisely.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvYB1zEFpzo&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

 

SHERIFF OVERTON SAYS, "DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE"

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Sheriff Bill Overton says, "Please don't drink and drive. Buzzed driving IS drunk driving. Be alert to warning signs. I want each of you to arrive home safe to your families. Please click on this video link.

https://youtu.be/8ti9KPb3iw4

 

 

 

 

CREDIT CARD SCAMMERS NEAR OUR AREA

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Sheriff Bill Overton advises credit card scammers have been discovered near our area. "We have received notification from the Roanoke County Police Department that these credit card scamming devices have been found in the Clearbrook area", Sheriff Overton advised. The Sheriff explained how residents of Franklin County to be vigilant when using automated credit card machinery. "If the reader looks tampered with, different color, odd wording and/or seems loose or not aligned, then do not use and notify the company's management or call The Office of the Sheriff at 540-483-3000", said Sheriff Overton. Please be aware and look before using. Photo shows an example of credit card scam devices.

 

 

 

 

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