Crime Prevention Starts With You!
Here are a few simple things
you can do to help prevent becoming a crime victim:
- If you
have an attached garage, don't forget to close your
garage door at night. Hundreds of Johnson County residents
leave their garage doors open and unknowingly offer an open
invitation for thieves to help themselves. Make sure all
exterior doors are locked securely.
- Lock up your vehicle if it is left
from vehicles are epidemic in populated areas primarily
during warmer months. Don't make it easy for the thieves!
Lock up your vehicle. While it is true that they can (and
likely will) just bust out a window to gain entry to your
car, breaking glass makes noise and the shattered remnants
will draw the attention of a patrolling Deputy. If you
hear breaking glass and you call 9-1-1 immediately, we
have a greater chance of apprehending the suspect(s).
- Do not leave keys inside your vehicles.
- Maintain a list of all electronic
and expensive items you own. The list should include
the Make, Model, and Serial number of each item. Keep
the list current and store it in a safe place. Consider
etching your social security number into expensive items
so that we can quickly identify your property should
it be stolen. Download a property list form (PDF)
- If you own an ATV, never leave it
outside or unsecured. Keep
it locked up and out of sight to passing motorists who
drive by your residence. Consider chaining it to another
The most important thing that citizens of Johnson County
can do to prevent crime and assist law enforcement is to
report suspicious activity immediately. When
you see something that “just
doesn't seem right,” call us and let us check it out. We
would much rather check into a suspicious situation and find
that everything is alright than miss the opportunity to catch
a criminal because no one reported suspicious activity.
prepared to answer a battery of questions including suspect
and suspect vehicle descriptions, license plate number if
available, and a direction of travel if the suspect leaves
the area. Do not alert the suspicious subject that you are
watching or have called police because he or she will likely
attempt to flee the area. (For example: Do not suddenly turn
on all of your outside lights…)
Remain on the phone with the Sheriff's dispatcher until a
Deputy arrives to investigate the situation.