News & Announcements Home
The original item was published from 6/13/2012 3:23:00 PM to 6/8/2015 12:05:05 AM.

News & Announcements

Sheriff's Office

Posted on: June 13, 2012

[ARCHIVED] LCSO Offers Burglary Prevention and Victim Information to Residents www.youtube.com/loudounsheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2012


Contact: Liz Mills, Director of Media Relations and Communications, 571-251-5568 (mobile)
[email protected]

LCSO Offers Burglary Prevention and Victim Information to Residents

Loudoun County, VA – As the summer approaches and temperatures rise, so do the number of burglaries in Loudoun County and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office wants you to know how to prevent these crimes and what to do if you are a victim.

As part of the agency’s burglary prevention outreach, Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman and Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney Jim Plowman developed a video of what residents can do to help prevent them from becoming a victim, and what you should do if your home or business is burglarized. The video can be viewed at www.youtube.com/loudounsheriff.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit reminds residents to make sure doors and windows are locked, always secure your garage door, keep your house lit from the outside (use timers), and have a trusted neighbor watch your home when you are out of town.

The Crime Prevention Unit also encourages residents to document and record your properties’ make, model and serial numbers through Operation Inventory, a prevention based program intended to help curb the ongoing thefts taking place in Loudoun County. Thieves often depend on citizens not to have key information about their belongings. Information such as serial numbers, model numbers, make and model information are key pieces of information that law enforcement uses to recover and identify stolen property. These key pieces of information help law enforcement quickly identify stolen property and aid in the prosecution of the offenders. The form can be downloaded at www.loudoun.gov/operationinventory.

In an effort to further combat residential burglaries and better prepare citizens for the time of year burglaries are most likely to happen, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit will be holding Burglary Prevention classes at three locations around the county:

June 19th at 7PM Cascades Library – Meeting Room A
June 20th at 7PM Purcellville Library – Robey Meeting Room
June 21st at 7PM Ashburn Library- Story Time Room

These classes will discuss burglary and home security related topics to include burglary psychology and methodology, statistics, locks and alarms, natural surveillance, safes, lighting, landscape choices, and the Crime Triangle. Each class will be approximately 1.5 hours long with an included 30 minute question and answer segment.

As part of the agency’s efforts to prevent crimes in the community, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit also offers free home security surveys. To schedule a security survey of your home or business, please contact either Deputy First Class Nathaniel Payne at [email protected] or Deputy First Class James Spurlock at [email protected].

Unfortunately not all burglaries are preventable. “Always be safe,” said Sheriff Chapman. "If you return home and find it has been burglarized, immediately call 911 and leave the home and find a safe place,” Chapman added.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes Unit wants residents to know that there are several key steps you should take if you believe your home has been burglarized:


? If you return home to find that your home has been burglarized, residents are encouraged to wait outside the home, possibly in a locked car or at a neighbor’s home, until deputies arrive.

? For your safety residents are advised to never search the home yourself. There is always a chance someone could still be in the home.

? Detectives urge residents to never touch anything inside the home before deputies arrive. By touching items you could tamper with possible forensic evidence and limit the chances of a successful conclusion in the case.


By taking these steps you increase the chances of having your stolen items returned as well as increase the possibility the thieves will be caught. Residents are also encouraged to report any suspicious activity, persons or vehicles immediately by calling the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021.

###

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Sheriff's Office

image of sheriff's vehicle and badge with the words media release

Ashburn Homicide Suspect in LCSO Custody

Posted on: February 26, 2024
image of sheriff's vehicle and badge with the words media release

Pedestrian Fatality in Sterling

Posted on: February 21, 2024
image of sheriff's vehicle and badge with the words media release

LCSO Deputy Returns Home After Injury

Posted on: January 29, 2024
image of sheriff's vehicle and badge with the words media release

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Fentanyl Dealer

Posted on: January 26, 2024 | Last Modified on: July 28, 2021
image of sheriff's vehicle and badge with the words media release

LCSO Recognizes Graduates from the 57th Crisis Intervention Training Program

Posted on: January 26, 2024 | Last Modified on: July 28, 2021
image of sheriff's vehicle and badge with the words media release

Arrest Made in May Stabbing Incident

Posted on: December 21, 2023
image of sheriff's vehicle and badge with the words media release

LCSO Investigating Stabbing in Sterling

Posted on: November 11, 2023
Crash website

Deceased Identified in Fatal Crash

Posted on: October 26, 2023
Press release website

Residents Beware of Jury Duty Scam

Posted on: May 11, 2023
Press release website

LCSO Arrests Two Suspects in Burglary

Posted on: February 11, 2023
Press release website

LCSO Arrests Area Man in Stabbing

Posted on: February 6, 2023
Press release website

LCSO Investigating Robbery in Sterling

Posted on: November 28, 2022
PRMEDIA

Manassas Man Dies in Workplace Accident

Posted on: November 26, 2022
Press release website

Daycare Employee Charged with Child Abuse

Posted on: November 18, 2022
Missing website

Aldie Teenager Located

Posted on: October 28, 2022
Press release website

LCSO Investigating Robbery in Leesburg

Posted on: October 13, 2022
Press release website

Stone Colburn Arrested in Pooler, GA

Posted on: October 7, 2022
NoShave3

Thank You Loudoun County!

Posted on: December 2, 2019