This program utilizes a sign similar to that of a Neighborhood Watch sign except it states No Trespassing by order of the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and also incorporates a four digit identification number on it. With placement of the sign, the grove or ranch owner makes the Sheriff's Office an agent of the property thus giving Deputies approval to make immediate trespass arrest.
The Bank Watch Program is set up similar to Neighborhood Watch in that it employs a telephone tree to disseminate information quickly in case of robbery, fraud, counterfeits or other similar incidents. Currently all banks in the county are participating in this program.
Is based on the same principles as Neighborhood Watch and involves business owners taking an active role in making their community a safer place to work. Business Watch can be organized by geographical area or by business type.
Business and Residential Security Programs
Security Surveys for residential and commercial properties are available by appointment. A specially trained Crime Prevention Specialist can come to your home or business and complete a simple form provided by the Florida Office of the Attorney General. You will receive an evaluation and practical recommendations to improve the security of your property.
Preventing Elder Financial Exploitation
Focused on financial issues commonly occurring in banks and saving/loan situations.
Golf Course Security
A business security survey customized for golf courses with special attention to vandalism prevention.
Primarily designed for banks and other businesses with high volumes of cash or other valuables, this program deals with what to do in case of a robbery and gives suggestions for prevention.
This program addresses creating a safe environment for workers as well as developing an emergency response plan.
Another program styled after Neighborhood Watch, this network is made up of all golf courses in Highlands County and is primarily concerned with burglary and vandalism. It employs a telephone tree that originates from the Sheriff's Office and keeps all courses in the county informed of stolen merchandise, golf cart thefts, vandalism issues or fraud in the golf industry.
The Neighborhood Watch Program is a national program which involves communities taking an active part in making their neighborhood a safer place to live. The Watch Groups cover most of the county from Avon Park Lakes to Venus.
Establishing a Neighborhood Watch
This is the first step for homeowners associations and similar organizations interested in promoting a safer community in which to live through the Neighborhood Watch program.
Neighborhood Watch Patrol
Is an extension of the Neighborhood Watch program in which members patrol their community at designated times in specially marked golf carts, cars or personal vehicles.
Residential Security Surveys
A member of the Crime Prevention Unit will come to your residence and make suggestions on how you can enhance the security of your residence and surrounding area.
Is the engraving of valuables with your Florida driver's license number to deter burglars and also to prove ownership should the article be stolen and recovered by Law Enforcement
This program consists of a three way effort among the Sheriff's Office, local Chiefs of Police and AARP or older/retired leadership in the area in reducing criminal victimization of older citizens and enhances needed services to this population. This program is governed by a panel of civilian volunteers known as the S.A.L.T Council (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) and coordinated through a liaison at the Sheriff's Office.
This effort is coordinated out of the local Alzheimer's chapter and is a program designed to provide identification information for those citizens afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.
Is Your Number Up
The S.A.L.T. Council supplies materials and labor needed to replace damaged or install new house numbers on residences of elderly, frail or ill seniors. This project is undertaken with the goal of better quality of life for our senior and frail neighbors.
Crimes Against Seniors Is a summary of common crimes in the senior population such as telemarketing and Medicare frauds.
Contact Us for more information and/or to participate in a program.