With summer now in full swing, Lieutenant Chauncey Shattuck of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office offers Holt residents a number of safety tips to keep in mind during the summer months.
The Sheriff’s Office sees an increase in a number of crimes during summer, especially when it comes to larceny and auto thefts. Residents can take a couple of simple measures to prevent these types of crimes. First and foremost, locking their vehicles. “Close to 100% of the time, when people have things stolen from their vehicles, it’s because they didn’t lock their doors,” Lieutenant Shattuck says. “These same people that are breaking into cars are stealing the cars if people leave their keys in the cars. It’s a common thing that people do, but it’s a recipe for disaster.”
Another crime that picks up in summer is phone call fraud. It’s very common at this time of year to receive phone calls where someone tries to get personal information or claims there is a warrant out for the person’s arrest. Lieutenant Shattuck reminds people
that the Sheriff’s office will never call and ask for money or credit card information over the phone.
Residents should always verify the identity of the government agency the caller is claiming to be from. Scammers will even go onto an agency’s website and find real names to use to seem more authentic. When in doubt, residents should always call to check whether a phone call claim is for real. Holt residents can contact the Sheriff’s office general number at 517-676-8224.
For residents who plan to travel, there are a number of safety measures to keep in mind. “If you’re going to be outside doing recreational activities this summer, make sure you take a cell phone with you,” says Shattuck. “If you’re going to a secluded area, go with a friend or family member. If you’re doing something at nighttime, take a flashlight. Be aware of your surro-undings and aware of where you’re at at all times so if you do need to call 911 for emergency or criminal activity, you can let dispatch know where you are at.”
Lastly, Lieutenant Shattuck offers a reminder to Holt businesses of the Sheriff’s Office Business Officer, Deputy Zach McBride. Deputy McBride specializes in crimes involving businesses. Business owners can reach out and schedule a meet and greet with him at any time.
“We’re always changing and evolving with the times, and trying to figure out better ways to serve the public and be there when you need us.”
The ICSO Delhi Township Station is located on the west side of Cedar Street just north of Holt Road at 2045 N. Cedar St, Holt, MI 48842. The front office is open to serve the residents of Delhi from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Delhi Station can be directly reached at 517.694.0045.