2007-03-10 / Front Page

Crime prevention: it's everyone's business

When it comes to crime, "We're all in this together."

Being educated and observant are two ways to prevent crimes and to apprehend their perpetrators.

Those were the messages of Cameron County Sheriff Al Neyman during a community forum last week at the Emporium Firehall. The event was sponsored by the Cameron County Citizen Corps Council.

"There is no such thing as prevention," Neyman said. "There is no magical powder to spread and say, 'Poof, no crimes'!"

He asked citizens to be alert to details if they witness a crime or a s u s p i c i o u s situation. Making a mental note of everything from a vehicle's color, to type of clothing a suspect is wearing, can be helpful in solving crimes.

Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the U.S., the sheriff noted. Neyman suggested shredding papers that have personal identification information prior to disposing of them.

Computer users should use updated virus protection and be wary of those seeking credit card information. Data stored on computer hard drives and discs should also be destroyed before disposal, he said.

"As a law-abiding citizen, you need to take a stand against these people," the sheriff said.

Cameron County Citizen Corps Council is part of a national network formed to use education, training and volunteer service to make communities safer and better prepared to respond to terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters.

Answers to questions on crime prevention can be obtained by calling the Cameron County Sheriff 's Office at 486-3338.

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