The Walton County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) is always looking for ways to keep its citizens and visitors safe. Now the deputies and investigators are urging folks to "Hide, Lock, Take" your items from your vehicle, meaning: hide
your things, lock
your car, and take
your keys. It is a common sense approach to remind visitors and residents in our county to protect their belongings and prevent themselves from becoming a victim of a crime.
"Hide, Lock and Take" was started by Texas Auto Burglary & Theft Prevention Authority and the Central Business District (Dallas). The City of Dallas, Texas even adopted a local ordinance requiring all properties with more than 100 parking spaces to place signs to remind people on their property. In the fast-growing city of Frisco, Texas the signs were first put up in 2007 and a recent analysis by the Frisco Police Department concluded that the holiday season vehicle burglaries in the town's busy shopping district had dropped 87 percent since the program began.
With the permission of local businesses, the signs are placed in the parking lot of the business by a member of our Civilian Volunteer Posse unit. The Posse members meet with businesses to discuss the number of signs needed and the location of the signs.