Quoting a president

Eric Watson, Bradley Co Sheriff
Posted 11/29/17

Quoting a president

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Quoting a president


Quoting a president

We have mentioned before that this time of year seems to bring out the burglars and thieves in society. Taking the money and items that you have worked hard all year to obtain for your family is the way a criminal supports their drug or any other destructive habit.

At the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, we have always used a variety of ways to put a stop to these thefts. One of the ways you can help us, and I know I have mentioned this before, is to keep your eyes and ears open. I can safely tell you that a large number of arrests happen in theft, robbery and burglary cases simply because a citizen saw something “out of place” in their community.

In 2014, one of the largest theft and burglary rings in Bradley County history was broken up by arrests, and thousands of dollars in goods recovered and returned to its owners after a tip just as I mentioned. It was a Sunday morning, and an observant woman noticed too many cars in a neighbor’s driveway during the time the family was at church. I can assure you we follow up on every call.

There have been a number of potential burglaries and thefts stopped because neighbors and friends were alert and observant. It is a good thing to be a bit suspicious these days!

Other ways to be robbed do not include breaking into your house. One of the ways is to gain access to your credit cards and banking information. It is the new way to steal. Stealing your “plastic” information is a surefire way to kick off a lot of aggravating problems. Criminals do not care how much sleep you lose over having your security compromised.

Here are a few things you can do to protect your credit. When shopping in stores, be very careful with your credit cards. Do not leave your cards where the numbers can be read or “skimmed.”

Never let the card out of your sight when your purchases are being totaled up.
One of those is to ensure online purchase sites are legitimate before you type in the credit card information. The statement about being a bit suspicious certainly pertains to internet shopping. Just because a site says, “SECURE,” does not mean it is. Be sure to do a little homework to ensure the business website is legitimate.

Again, it might look professional and legit, but criminals can do a lot with just the click of a mouse to steal your cash.

Attempt to obtain a physical address of the business, rather just an email address of P.O. Box.

Do not give out your bank card or credit card number unless you called the business and are confident of their legitimacy.

Also, hang on to your credit card and bank receipts, which could show you are being ripped off. Review a copy of your credit report at least yearly.

Keep your Social Security number private. It is rare that a business would need your Social. Needing that very private number regularly should throw up a red flag.

Maintaining that suspicious nature, as I mentioned a bit earlier, is a symptom of the world we live in today. President Ronald Reagan used to quote an old proverb, “Trust, but verify.” Today, that is some good advice!

I hope you and yours enjoyed Thanksgiving. We are now in the Christmas Season, with a very busy time upon us. I urge you to keep safety in mind during this special time.


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