Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Retail loyalty cards could give burglars access to home

By Sandi Latimer
Staff Writer

Retail loyalty cards could allow criminals access to your home, according to Franklin County Deputy Sheriff Sherard Pollard.

Lincoln Village residents gathered Sept. 25 at the Westland Area Library for a special presentation on safety.

Pollard said never keep loyalty cards on keyrings. They could lead to  breaking and entering.

“All (burglars) need to do is say he’s updating his information and wants to know the address he has on file with the store. And the store gives it to him. He now has your address and house keys and can enter your home and clean it out,” he said.

Some residents voiced concerns over Carl Frye Park. They said the park closes at dusk, but many nights they find young people loitering afterdark.

There are reports of vandalism at the park, residents said, like carving names into the tables and writing in the cement before it sets.

Pollard urged residents to call the sheriff’s office when they see suspicious vehicles or people in the area.

“If it’s happening to you, it’s an emergency and that’s when you call 9-1-1,” Pollard said. “If it’s not an emergency, then call 525-3333.”

The sheriff’s office has pushed to lock down on drug activity in the Westland area, according to Pollard.

“You are the eyes and ears of your community,” he said. “If you see something, let us know. The more documentation we have, the greater a chance of an apprehension.”

Pollard said the sheriff’s office also wants feedback on the communication citizens have when calling dispatchers.

“We even want to know if the person who answers the phone hangs up on you,” he said. “We are big on professionalism. If that happens, that person won’t be around long. The sheriff doesn’t like to hear that.”

Gay Finn, Lincoln Village Blockwatch organizaer, said people should know their neighbors and watch out for one another.

Blockwatch meetings are scheduled for the second Monday every month, according to Finn.

Residents can contact the Lincoln Village Block Watch at 286-7380 or at lvra...@aol.com.

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