Thursday, April 29, 2010


The Darke County Sheriff’s Office has received information that surrounding counties are experiencing a rash of burglaries and motor vehicle thefts. This criminal activity has been occurring close to the Darke County line both day and night. Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies continue to be vigilant in patrols; however we need the assistance of our local citizens. Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer asks citizens to be on the look out and immediately report any suspicious activity they might observe. Such activity can be reported to the Sheriff 24 hours a day by calling 937-548-2020. It is important that reports are called in at the time they are observed to allow the deputies a timely response and investigation. If able to do so safely, please provide a description of any vehicles or persons associated with the suspicious activity.

The Darke County Sheriff makes the following suggestions to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime. Never leave your keys in the car, remove valuable items and lock your vehicle doors. Many of the motor vehicle thefts involved was the result of owners leaving the keys in the ignition. Lock the doors to your home and secure outbuildings. Do not leave garage and outbuilding doors standing open unnecessarily. This only advertises your valuables to thieves that may be scouting your neighborhood for their next victim.

The Darke County Sheriff encourages property owners to record and document manufacturer names, model numbers and serial numbers to their valuables. This information is necessary to increase the chances of property recovery if you should become a victim of crime and sustain a theft.

When citizens and law enforcement work together we make our community a less attractive place for criminals and a safer place to live and work.

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