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Your Home
ometimes citizens feel there is not
much they can do to stop a burglar if
he really wants to get in. But by
installing a few easy and inexpensive
upgrades, you can greatly reduce your family’s chances of being victims of a home burglary.
Most burglars start at the same place …
your front door, as entering there doesn’t typically arouse suspicion. As a result, they can
spend some time there and learn a lot. Do you
have a dog? Do you have an alarm system, and
if so, is it armed? Is anyone home? Are there
valuables in sight?
Law enforcement agencies have long recommended a deadbolt lock, and just as
important, to reinforce your strike plate (the
part in the door jamb the deadbolt slides
into). Consider replacing it with a security
strike plate with longer screws. This will make
the door much stronger and prevent it from
easily being kicked in.
Next, if you have an enclosed garage, please
ensure your garage door is completely closed.
Sometimes, people leave their doors partially
open for ventilation. This attracts burglars.
They can squeeze under the small opening
and then use your garage tools to break into
the home from the garage. If you have attic
stairs, they can be used to access the space
above your living area, allowing burglars to
drop down through your ceiling into your
home completely undetected from the outside. If they cannot access your attic, they
could use a tool to claw through the wall that
separates the garage from the home.
If you have exterior doors with windows,
consider using a double cylinder deadbolt
that prevents a burglar from reaching through
a broken window and simply unlocking the
deadbolt from the inside. The double cylinder
deadbolt uses a removable key that can be
removed instead of a lever. If you remove the
key, please place it in area near the door so it
can be accessed by all family members during
an emergency and out of arm’s reach.
Windows are often used by burglars to gain
access to homes. Many homes have at least
one unlocked window and burglars know it.
Just keeping all windows and doors locked is a
step in the right direction. If a burglar decides
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to break a window, the goal is not to crawl
through the broken glass, but to carefully
stick an arm through the broken glass to
unlock the window frame. Installing small
thumb blocks that easily screw onto the
inside of a window frame will stop a window
from opening and frustrate the burglar, and
possibly cause
him to leave.
Once a burglar
(like breaking a
window), they
get very nervous
if they cannot
a Consider double-cylinder
quickly deadbolts on exterior doors
and may leave. with windows.
If you use window
thumbscrews, please
ensure all family members know where they
are on each window and ensure they can
remove them during times of emergency.
Another easy entry point is a sliding glass
door, as they present a particular challenge
for home security. The good news is that most
burglars won’t simply break the glass as they
try to enter the home because of the noise
and fear of attracting attention. However,
they will try to defeat the locks or simply lift
them out of their frame. Both of these problems are easily corrected. A broomstick or
“charlie bar” or security pin can stop the door
A partially open garage door is an open
invitation to a home burglary.
Maintain landscaping so that it doesn’t provide a hiding place for burglars.
from sliding open, even if the burglar breaks es for two reasons: they are weak and they
the lock. Spacers can be added in the top allow the burglar to see you. Instead, install a
track of the slider (when open) to eliminate door viewer and block the view from the outthe space needed by burglars to lift the door side looking in (using shades, etc.) so you can
see him, but he cannot see you. If you feel
out of the track.
When looking at your home from the street, uneasy about the situation and think he may
be a criminal, call 911 immeit could be an attractive tardiately and report a suspiget to burglars, who typically
cious person. Please be prelook for the easiest target.
pared to give the 911 operator
Signs that indicate no one is
any information you can to
home make a home vulnerainclude what the suspicious
ble. Unkempt lawns, an abunperson looked like, what he
dance of mail or circulars and
was wearing and a description
outside lights left on during
of the vehicle he was driving.
the day may attract the attenWith just a few simple secution of the burglar. Try to
rity upgrades available at
make it look like someone is
most hardware stores, you can
always home. Put outside
fortify your home and reduce
lights on timers or inexpenyour chances of being a victim
sive dusk-to-dawn controllers
of a home burglary. For more
which simply screw into the
information about home burlight socket.
glary prevention, please conIf
tact our crime prevention
comes to your front door,
a window.
office at (772) 320-4749.
speak to them from behind
your locked door. Do not pretend you are not home. If
you do, the next thing
you may hear is the burglar breaking a window
because he thinks the
home is unoccupied.
Don’t rely on the chain
locks that allow the door
to be opened a few inch-
You DON’T have to be
Awareness is key
Whether you venture to your local
favorite retail outlet or stay at home
and shop on-line, there are things
to remember when picking out that
great gift for your loved one. Preparation is key in any situation and
taking time up front to prepare can
help prevent you from becoming a
Stay Aware
• Be aware of your surroundings
and trust your instincts. If you see
or hear something that makes you
suspicious, it’s probably because it
• Walk with purpose and project
an assertive image. Criminals will
be discouraged if you do not appear
vulnerable or easily intimidated.
• Learn to carry your purse or wallet safely. Your purse should be
closed, held in front of your body,
with your arm across it. Wallets
should be carried in your front
pants pocket or in an interior jacket
• Be careful and alert when using
a cash machine. Never let someone
see how much money you have in
your wallet, or where you keep your
• Carry only those credit cards
that you intend to use. Avoid carrying a large amount of cash.
Protect Your Belongings
• Don’t tempt a thief by leaving
your purse or wallet unattended.
Never leave them in a shopping
cart, sitting on the floor in a dressing room, or within reach of the
public at restaurants.
• When seated, keep your purse or
briefcases on your lap or between
your feet.
• When your purse is open, be
careful to not have your wallet or
phone within view. Thieves can
easily grab items from an open
purse when you are preoccupied.
• Do not leave your wallet, cellular
phone, or laptop computer sitting
on a tabletop in a restaurant, food
court, or store.
• Don’t leave personal valuables
Table of
in your car.
Small electronic
devices such as MP3 players, cellular phones, laptop computers, GPS
systems and satellite radios are a
car burglar’s dream. Small and easy
to conceal these are the types of
items most often stolen from a car.
Sitting in plain sight they attract a
thief’s attention.
Protecting Your Home ............1
Shopping Safety ......................3
Neighborhood Watch Tips ..........3
Community Policing ................4
Identity Theft ..........................5
Most Wanted ..........................6
• When possible, shop during daylight hours and park in a well-lit,
highly trafficked area of parking
lots. If possible, shop with at least
one other adult and don’t wear
expensive jewelry.
Citizens Academy ..................7
Prescription Drug Abuse ........7
Volunteers ..............................8
Keeping Kids Safe ..................8
Report anyone or anything suspicious that you observe. Residents
are urged to call 911 immediately if
they witness criminal activity. A
vehicle description or license plate
number could help deputies quickly catch criminals.
Youth Ranches ........................9
On-Line Shopping
Crimestoppers ......................12
Here's a list of tips you should
consult when shopping on-line.
Return Safe and Project
Lifesaver ..........................13
1. Be knowledgeable about webbased auctions. Take special care to
familiarize yourself not only with
Online Information Every
Parent Should Know..........10
Boys & Girls Clubs ................11
Hibiscus Children’s Center ....11
Live Scan Fingerprinting..........13
Avoiding False Alarms ..........14
Important Numbers ..............16
Neighborhoods today are more difficult to protect than ever. Many homeowners work away from
home for many hours at a time and also make frequent short trips to go shopping, attend sporting
or school events, or might have dinner out. No
matter what the reason, their home and property
can be vulnerable to burglary or theft.
Times have changed. With people as transient as
they are today, it is less likely that neighbors will
develop long-lasting relationships in their communities. That small-town feeling where neighbors
look out for each other, unfortunately, is less common. As a result, neighborhoods and communities
all throughout the United
States have begun protecting themselves through the
Neighborhood Watch Program.
The Neighborhood Watch
program is a mutual assistance program between
law enforcement personnel and members of a
neighborhood that want to prevent crime in their
community. Simply stated, Neighborhood Watch
Programs make residents of any community the
extra eyes and ears for law enforcement. Supported by the National Sheriff’s Association since 1972,
Watch Program is
helping the public
eradicate residential
crime in their neighborhoods.
Here’s how it works:
An effective Neighborhood Watch Program
consists of a Coordinator, Block Captains, and
the residents. When a crime occurs, whether it’s a
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Community Policing
Community policing is a full-service law enforcement philosophy
which focuses on crime and social disorder through the delivery of
police services that include aspects of traditional law enforcement, as
well as prevention, problem-solving, community engagement, and
Community policing balances reactive responses to calls for service
with proactive problem-solving centered on the causes of crime and
disorder. Community policing requires law enforcement and citizens
to join together as partners in the course of both identifying and effectively addressing these issues.
Throughout Martin County, the Community Policing Unit has specially trained deputies assigned to targeted areas to address communiSee COMMUNITY, 12
Neighborhood Watch
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crime in progress or
one that has already
occurred, residents are
asked to contact the
Sheriff’s Office FIRST.
After contact with a
deputy is made, the
resident should contact their Block Captain, who in turn
makes the Coordinator aware of the situation. The Coordinator
other Block Captains,
who in turn will contact the residents in
their “block.” It is this
sharing of information
which empowers citizens as to what is
occurring in their
neighborhood so they
can be more attentive
and prepared.
Participation in Neighborhood Watch doesn’t take a lot of time. You just
have to be observant during your normal everyday activities.
Neighborhood Watch works, BUT ONLY TO THE
the most knowledgeable about their own neighborhood. They know what is “out of the norm” or
suspicious. Good Neighborhood Watch programs
often result in the apprehension
of burglars and other criminals.
The commitment
to look out for
each other
is a key element to
the success of a
Reactive vs.
A sheriff’s deputy may be in
your neighborhood for only a
short time during his or her
patrol. It is impossible for
deputies to know which cars
and what people belong in
your neighborhood, but residents do.
Watch is a pro-active organization. With the help of citizens, deputies can investigate
a situation before a crime is
Checking out
strangers in
your area; a
v e h i c l e
parked down
the street; or being advised of
potential criminal activity is greatly preferred in
lieu of responding after a crime has been committed and the suspect is long gone.
Neighborhood Watch members are only asked
to observe and report what they see during their
normal everyday activity. They are not expected
to solve a crime, place themselves in jeopardy or
create a more dangerous situation by trying to
apprehend a suspect.
How does a
neighborhood start the
N e i g h b o r h o o d Wa t c h
First, a group of interested neighbors get
together to determine if there is interest in starting and maintaining a Neighborhood Watch Program. If so, the next step is to contact their law
enforcement agency. To contact the MartinCounty Sheriff’s Office, please call the Crime
Prevention Office at (772) 320-4749.
The Crime Prevention Office will schedule a
short meeting with the group, where he/she will
go over the details of the program, answer any
questions, and the Coordinator
and Captains will be elected.
involved, the harder for a
stranger to go undetected.
Areas with aggressive participation in the Neighborhood
Watch program have noted a decrease in crime. For
more information, contact the Crime Prevention
Office at (772) 320-4749 or by e-mail to [email protected]
Call 911 to report
suspicious activity
Preventing Identity Theft
How did they get my identity?
Thieves can get your personal information from a
stolen or lost purse or wallet, or by going through
trash and finding credit card receipts or other documents with your personal information on it, or
removing mail from your mailbox and obtaining
such things as credit card requests, etc.
How do I protect myself?
• Dispose of your personal information properly. Purchase a good quality “crosscut” shredder and
copies of credit
card receipts, loan
personal information before you discard them.
• Be careful to
remove any personal
your vehicle and
glove box when car is
dropped off for maintenance and repair.
• Don’t carry all of
your credit cards with
you. Carry only the cards
you plan on using and know what you carry so they
can be quickly cancelled if lost or stolen.
• Don’t carry your passport, birth certificate or
your Social Security Card with you. Do not unnecessarily give out your Social Security number to
anyone and don’t put it on your checks.
• Don’t be tricked by false Web sites and e-mails
made to look like they are coming from a legitimate
business claiming to be warning you of a situation
or offering you an opportunity.
• At least once a year, obtain a copy of your credit
report and check it for errors.
• When using an ATM, be aware of others who are
nearby and could possibly obtain your personal
identification number (PIN).
• Be aware of skimming devices that are attached
to ATMs and credit card readers at gas pumps, etc.
If it looks like a device has been attached, alert the
bank or store personnel.
• Don’t be bullied.
Some scammers will
call you acting like
someone from a company or bank you
do business with.
They will try to
scare you by telling
you about unauthorized withdrawals or purchases. If they ask you for personal information or
for money, that is a red flag.
• Don’t give out any personal information on
the phone unless you are certain it is a legitimate purpose and you know whom you are
dealing with. If you are unsure about a person’s
identity (i.e., someone from your bank), find
out what branch they are in, look up the number and call them back. Don’t simply call back
the number they give you.
Someone is
my identity —
now what?
Contact the fraud
each of the three
bureaus. Consider
flagging your file
with a fraud alert
and ensuring creditors get your permission
opening any new
accounts in your
name. Ask how long
the fraud alert will
remain posted in
your file.
(800) 525-6285
(888) 397-3742
Trans Union
(800) 680-7289
Free Yearly Credit Report
(877) 322-8228
Contact the creditors for any accounts that have
been tampered with or opened fraudulently. Ask to
speak with someone in the security or fraud department, and follow up in writing.
Following up with a letter is one of the procedures
spelled out in the Fair Credit Billing Act for resolving
errors on credit billing statements, including charges
that you have not made. File a report with the Martin
County Sheriff’s Office at (772) 220-7000 or your
local law enforcement agency if you live in a municipality. Keep a copy in case your creditors need proof
of the crime.
Most Wanted
If you have information about any of these subjects,
Call Treasure Coast Crimestoppers at (800) 273-8477 or
the Martin County Sheriff ’s Warrants Unit at (772) 220-7040.
If you call Crimestoppers, you can remain anonymous
and if your tip leads to an arrest,
you can be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.
This is only a partial listing of subjects on the wanted list.
Scars, Marks or Tatoos :
“johns” upper right arm
“rio” stomach
Pit bull on right forearm
Neck tattoo
Scars, Marks or Tatoos :
flying heart on shoulder
Scars, Marks or Tatoos
: Back- Orca Whale &
“Leiah Sage”
Ankle — star
Foot — heart
Thigh — sun
Recent arrest: 7-24-09 in
St. Lucie County – poss. of
For: felony VOP DWLS –
habitual offender
For: Vop grand theft and
fraudulent use of credit card
Leeanne Pelloni
USMC on shoulder
5’6”/ 180
Scars, Marks or Tatoos :
right forearm bull dog/
rebel flag
For: Amended VOP poss.
of cocaine
Last known address:
Hobe Sound area
Calvin Lee
A.K.A: Man man
For: VOP 4 counts sale
delivery cocaine w/in
1,000 ft of school and 4
counts poss. cocaine and
1 count poss. cannabis
more than 20 grams.
Clemons Jr.
Scars, Marks or Tatoos :
Scars, Marks or Tatoos :
Scar right arm
Gold teeth
Gary Lee
Reed Jr.
5’10” / 140
For: burglary of structure
while armed
For: High-speed
wanton fleeing and
dwls – habitual
For: Burglary of a
conveyance w/assault
or battery and robbery
The Martin County Sheriff ’s Office does not warrant
that the information or data contained in this publication is
accurate or correct, as the informtion addresses can change at
any time. This information is a synopsis of the available
information and is not intended to represent all
the information available under Florida Statue 119,
Florida’s Public Record Law.
For: Order to revoke bond
FTA – battery on a detainee,
robbery w/ deadly weapon,
poss. firearm/ammo by
convicted felon, aggravated
Scars, Marks or Tatoos :
Right forearm – zone 1
(gang tattoo)
Face – star between eyes
Gold teeth
Citizens Academy
Community involvement is the
most powerful force any law
enforcement agency has in the
fight against crime. Through the
become more involved in making
Martin County a better place to
The Martin County Sheriff's
Office offers a different and exciting program. Unique to Martin
County, we offer a one-day Citizen’s Academy several times each
year. There is no cost to attend.
Participants learn about almost
every aspect of the Martin County
Sheriff’s Office, including: Patrol
Operations, Jail Administration,
Crime Scene, Criminal Investigations, Sexual Offenders/Predators,
Training/Use of Force, Animal
Control, Dive Team, SWAT, Bomb
Policing, DUI enforcement, K-9,
Marine and a tour of the 9-1-1
Communications Center.
Typically, the students attracted
to the Academy are a diverse group
of people including; businessmen
and women, housewives, school
teachers, retirees and citizens from
all walks of life. Although graduates of the Citizen's Academy are
not qualified for daily street duty,
they do acquire a better understanding of the Martin County
Sheriff's Office operations and
responsibilities. Citizen's Academy
graduates gain greater awareness
and appreciation of the difficult
challenges and decisions a deputy
sheriff faces every day.
If you are interested in attending, please contact the Community
Programs Unit at (772) 320-4749
or download an application at:
ademy and fax it to (772) 2207159.
The Traffic Section routinely participates in national, state and local traffic
safety programs including but not limited to: ‘Click It or Ticket,’ ‘Buckle Up In
Your Truck,’ ‘Over the Limit Under Arrest,’ ‘You Drink and Drive/You Lose,’ and
‘Red Light/White Light’ campaigns. For more information on the Traffic Section, or other divisions within the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, go to
Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem.
Abusing prescription drugs like painkillers,
depressants, or stimulants, can have tragic consequences, from serious injury to death. These
are powerful drugs that can have unpredictable
effects when abused. There are serious health
risks related to abuse of prescription drugs. A
single large dose of prescription or over-thecounter painkillers or depressants can cause
breathing difficulty that can lead to death.
Stimulant abuse can lead to hostility or paranoia, or the potential for heart system failure or
fatal seizures. Even in small doses, depressants
and painkillers have subtle effects on motor
skills, judgment, and ability to learn.
What can you do? You can take steps immediately to limit access to these drugs by following
these simple steps:
Safeguard all drugs at home. Monitor quantities and control access. Note how many pills
are in a bottle or pill packet and keep track of
refill. If you find you have to refill more often
than expected, there could be a real problem.
Set clear rules for teens about all drug abuse.
Graphic by Frank McLaughlin
Make sure your teen uses prescription drugs
only as directed and follows directions for over
the counter medications as directed. Talk to
them about the dangers of sharing medications.
Properly conceal and dispose of old or unused
medicines in the trash. Unused prescription
drugs should be hidden and thrown away in the
trash. So that teens or others don't take them
out of the trash, you can mix them with an
undesirable substance (like used coffee
grounds or kitty litter) and put the mixture in an
empty can or bag. Unless the directions say otherwise, do NOT flush medications down the
drain or toilet because the chemicals can pollute the water supply. Also, remove any personal, identifiable information from prescription
bottles or pill packages before you throw them
Report any suspicious activity to law enforcement. Contact the Special Investigations Unit
of the Martin County Sheriff ’s Office at (772)
220-7160 to report suspicious activity.
Keeping Kids Safe
Would Your Child Know What To Do If …
Are you
interested in
volunteering your
time in a civilian
capacity at one of the
Sheriff ’s Office
We can use your help
with a variety of tasks.
Maybe you are retired
and want a new challenge; perhaps you are a
college student and need
some practical experience; or maybe you are
temporarily out of the
work force and want to
sharpen your skills or
just get involved in helping your community. We
can find a work location
You will need to submit
to a brief background
review due to the nature
of the work we do. If
interested, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.
You can reach the Volunteer Coordinator at
(772) 320-4749. You can
learn more and print an
Need You.
He got lost at a shopping mall?
A nice, friendly stranger offered him/her a ride
home after school?
A baby-sitter wanted to play a secret game that no
one would know about?
A friend dared him to hitchhike?
When you look outside, you see a stranger at the door.
What do you do?
5. You are shopping with your mom at the mall. You
get lost and cannot find her. What do you do?
6. You are riding your bicycle from school. You have
a flat tire on your bike. A stranger stops and offers to
take you and your bike home. What do you do?
Start With The Basics
1. Rehearse with your child his or her full name,
address, and phone number, including area code, and
how to make emergency phone calls from home and
public phones. Practice on an unplugged phone. 911
calls from public phones are free.
2. Teach your child to go to a store clerk or security
guard and ask for help if you become separated in a
store or shopping mall. (Make sure to teach your child
how to identify a clerk or security guard using name
tags, aprons, uniforms, or smocks as visual clues). Tell
them never to go into the parking lot alone. When
possible, accompany your child to the restroom.
3. Tell your child never to accept gifts or rides from
someone he or she does not know. Your child should
never go anywhere with another adult, even one who
says you have sent him or her. Adopt a secret family
code word to be used if you have to ask a third party to
pick up your child. Make sure your child knows to
never, ever hitchhike!
4. Teach your children that no one, not even someone they know, has the right to touch them in a way
that makes them feel uncomfortable. Tell them they
have the right to say “no” to an adult in this situation.
Discuss the “P.Z.’s” (private zones) which are places on
boys and girls that no one should touch.
Role Playing With Your Children
1. You are outside playing. Someone you do not
know calls you over to their car. The person is lost and
wants directions. What do you do?
2. You are walking home. Someone you do not know
drives up and tells you that your mom wants you to
ride with them. What do you do?
3. You are outside with your friends. A stranger
offers you your favorite kind of candy. What do you
4. Your parents are not home. The doorbell rings.
At School Or At Play
Walk the neighborhood with your child. Pick out the
safest route to school and friends’ houses. Avoid danger spots like alleys and wooded areas. Identify safe
places to go in an emergency, like a neighbor’s house, a
block parent, or an open store.
Encourage your child to use the “buddy system”
walk and play with friends, and to stay in well-lighted
open areas where others can see them. Teach your
child to walk confidently and stay alert to what’s going
on and to their surroundings.
Encourage your child to look out for other kids’ safety and to stay away from strangers who hang around
playgrounds, public restrooms, and empty buildings.
A stranger is someone the child doesn’t know. Teach
your child to remember and report to you the license
tag numbers of people who offer rides, hang around
playgrounds, or appear to follow them. If a stranger
tries to follow or grab your child, teach him or her to
scream “Stay away from me,” “I don’t know this person,” or “This person is trying to hurt me,” and run to
the nearest place where people are around.
At Home Alone
Don’t hang a house key around your child’s neck. It’s
a telltale sign that you won’t be home when they return
from school. Put it inside a pocket or sock. Make sure
your child can reach you by telephone, wherever you
are. Have your child check in with you at work or with
a neighbor when he or she gets home.
Caution your child about answering the phone and
accidentally letting a stranger know he or she is alone.
The child should say that parents are busy and take a
message. Post the following important phone numbers near ALL your home telephones: police, fire,
emergency, poison control, mom and dad’s work
phone numbers, and neighbor’s phone number.
Agree on rules for having friends over or going to
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Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches
Founded in 1957 by the Florida Sheriffs Association, the Youth Ranches is a nonprofit residential
child care and family service organization primarily dependent on the generous gifts and support
of donors.
It is a nationally recognized, accredited agency
with sites throughout the state of Florida. The
staff includes social workers, counselors, therapists and cottage parents who serve thousands of
youth and their families each year.
Programs include Residential Group Child
Care, Family Service and Camping Services aimed at meeting
the diverse needs of Florida’s
Ranches could not
exist without the help of
interested and generous
donors. If you would
like to donate to the
Youth Ranches and help turn youngsters’ problems into solutions and bright new futures, please
call (800) 765-3797. The Florida Sheriffs Youth
Ranches, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable, nonprofit
organization and donations are tax-deductible.
If you are the parent or guardian in need of the
types of services that the Florida Sheriffs Youth
Ranches offer, you can apply by downloading an
application from
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the rules and policies of the auction
site itself but with the legal terms
(warranties, refund policy, etc.) of
the seller's items that you wish to
bid on.
2. Double check pricing. Be suspicious of prices that are too good to
be true. Also consider carefully
whether you may be paying too
much for an item, particularly if
you're bidding through an auction
site. You may want to comparison
shop, online or offline, before you
buy. Make sure there are no extra
shipping or handling costs.
3. Find and read the privacy poli-
For more information please call 1-800-7653797 or send e-mail to [email protected]
cy. Read the privacy policy carefully
to find out what information the
seller is gathering from you, how
the information will be used, and
how you can stop the process. If a
site does not have a privacy policy
posted, you may not want to do
business with it. If it does have a
privacy policy, there will probably
be a link to it from the seller's home
page, or it could be included with
the Legal Terms.
4. Review the return, refund, and
shipping and handling policies as
well as the other legal terms. If you
can't find them, ask the seller
through an e-mail or telephone call
to indicate where they are on the
site or to provide them to you in
5. Make sure the Internet connection is secure. Before you give your
payment information, check for
indicators that security software is
in place.
6. Use the safest way to pay on the
Internet. Pay for your order using a
credit card.
7. Print the terms. You should
print out and date a copy of terms,
description, company information,
even confirming e-mails, and save
them with your records of your purchase.
8. Insure the safe delivery of your
item. If you're concerned you may
not be home when your package is
delivered and that someone may
take it if it is left on the doorstep,
ask whether you can specify that
the shipper must receive a signature
before leaving the package. Or, it
may be safer to have the package
delivered to your office.
9. Inspect your purchase. Look at
your purchase carefully as soon as
you receive it. Contact the seller as
soon as possible if you discover a
problem with it. Tell the seller in
writing about any problems you
have, ask for a repair or refund, and
keep a copy of your correspondence.
Online Information
Every Parent Should Know
What can you do to minimize the chances of an
online sex offender victimizing your child?
• Never to download pictures from an unknown source, as
there is a good chance they could be sexually explicit images.
Spend time with your children on-line. Have them teach you
about their favorite online destinations.
• That whatever they are told online may or may not be true.
The 10-year-old girl they think they are communicating with
could turn out to be a 50-year-old man.
• Keep the computer in a common room in the house, not in
your child’s bedroom. It is much more difficult for a sex offender
to communicate with a child when the computer screen is visible to a parent or another member of the household.
What can a parent do?
• Utilize parental controls provided by your service provider
and/or blocking software. Allowing children to participate in
electronic communications like chat rooms should be discouraged. Parents should know that even today’s game systems like
“XBOX Live” have features that allow children to text and even
verbally communicate with strangers. Pedophiles often pose as
children to create a trusted relationship with a child so they can
victimize them.
• If you suspect inappropriate behavior, devices can be purchased that show telephone numbers that have been dialed
from your home phone.
• Always maintain access to your child’s online account and
randomly check his/her e-mail. Be aware that your child could
be contacted through the U.S. Mail. Be up front with your child
about your access and reasons why. Ensure your child knows to
let you know if they encounter anything that makes them
• Check Internet history to get list of visited Web sites. Computer-sex offenders almost always meet potential victims via
chat rooms. Many chatrooms are private in nature and participants can stop others from joining the conversation allowing a
pedophile exclusive access to your child.
•. Instruct your children never to arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they met online.
• Check your child’s e-mail accounts. Know that teens sometimes have two or more different e-mail accounts, one you
know about and one you don’t. After meeting a child online,
pedophiles will continue to communicate electronically, often
via e-mail.
• Never to upload (post) pictures of themselves onto the
Internet or on-line service to people they do not personally
• Teach your child the responsible use of the resources
online. Ensure Web sites are approved of before use. Allowing
a child to surf the Internet is an invitation to trouble. Many
pornographic sites have benign names that may cause a child
to unintentionally access the site and be exposed to inappropriate material.
• Find out what computer safeguards are utilized by your
child’s school, the public library and at the homes of your
child’s friends. These are all places outside your normal supervision where your child could encounter an online predator.
• Understand, even if your child was a willing participant in
any form of sexual exploitation, he/she is not at fault and is the
Tell your child
• Never to give out identifying information such as their
name, home address, school name or telephone number.
• Monitor your child’s access to all types of live electronic
communications (i.e., chat rooms, instant messages, Internet
relay chat, etc.) and monitor your child’s e-mail.
Should any of the following situations arise in your household, via the Internet or online service, you should immediately contact any of the following: Martin County Sheriff’s Office,
FDLE, your local Police Department, the FBI, or the National
Center for Missing and Exploited Children:
Non -Emergency
(772) 220-7000
(772) 220-7060
Victims Services Unit
(772) 220-7178
National Center
For Missing and
Exploited Children
(800) THE-LOST
(800) 843-5678
Orlando Field Office
(800) 226-8521
1. Your child or anyone in the household has received child
2. Your child has been sexually solicited by someone who
knows that your child is under 18 years of age.
3. Your child has received sexually explicit images from
someone who knows your child is under the age of 18.
If one of these scenarios occurs, keep the computer turned
off in order to preserve any evidence for future law enforcement use. Unless directed to do so by the law enforcement
agency, you should not attempt to copy any of the images
and/or text found on the computer.
FL Offender Hotline
(888) 357-7332
Missing Persons
(888) 356-4774
Boys & Girls Clubs
What would you encourage a child to be?
At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, our trained youth development
professionals provide adult mentors and an evidence-based curriculum to
encourage our community’s young people to BE GREAT!
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, with five locations serving 1,455
children, offers a safe space for children ages 6 to 18 to get help with home-
work, learn new skills, create art, play sports and so much more – for a membership fee of just $25 for the entire school year.
And our programs, run with the help of dedicated volunteers, really make a
difference. Club members are more committed to school, healthier and more
likely to make smart decisions regarding drug and alcohol use.
• 52% of Club members saw an increase in their math grades in the last year.
• 50% improved their reading grades.
• 66% of Club members break a sweat each day.
• 83% reported that the Club taught them to eat healthier.
• 93% of Club members reported never trying drugs, compared to the 46.5%
of Martin County high school students who haven’t.
Our mission is to enable and inspire all young people, especially those who
need us the most, to reach their full potential as responsible, caring and productive citizens. But most importantly, we strive to help children be themselves, be happy and BE GREAT!
To learn more, call our administrative offices at (772) 545-1255 or log on to
Hibiscus Children’s Center
Sheltering … Strengthening … Nurturing …
Children and Families in our Community
From primary prevention to the most intensive interventions, the mission of Hibiscus Children's Center is to provide safety, shelter, prevention
and recovery programs for abused and neglected children on the Treasure
Every day, families in our community are faced with dire challenges due
to the economy, loss of employment, rising living costs, homelessness and
extreme stress. All these factors have a great impact on their children –
Hibiscus strives everyday to ensure that children who need our critical
services are able to receive them and are safe.
Hibiscus shelters children removed from their homes due to egregious
abuse and strengthens family relationships to reduce the potential of reabuse. Hibiscus nurtures positive futures by ensuring that children grow
with the confidence that they can reach their highest potential and break
from the generational cycles of abuse.
Every child is unique and deserves the
opportunity to grow free of abuse and the
worry of what tomorrow will bring.
Hibiscus has resources available to
assist families during these difficult
times and opportunities for our
community to participate in directly
supporting the Hibiscus mission
through their resources and volunteering.
THESE SERVICES – (800) 403-9311.
Go to [email protected] to find out how you can get started making a difference.
Giving a good tip is easy
Good tips give:
1. Names, locations and descriptions
of suspects
2. Where the crime was committed,
specific street addresses, apartment
numbers, color of houses, nearest
intersection and the city, county and
state where located
3. The suspect’s race, date of birth,
sex, height and weight
4. Description of tattoos and where on the body the tattoo is located
5. The make, model, color and license plate number of vehicles involved or driven by the
criminal suspects
6. Specific information about illegal drug activity
7. Description of the type of drugs being sold, when and where they are sold and the names
and descriptions of the sellers
8. Description of illegal prescription drug activity; the sales and the list of drugs by name,
color and exact location where they were obtained
9. Description of weapons and their location
10. Accurate, detailed and specific information
11. Increased chances for an arrest and reward for the tipster
Good tips = $$$ + helps protect communities + helps solve crime.
When reporting tips to crime stoppers you remain unknown, out of sight and untouchable.
If you have any information about a crime or a wanted suspect call 1-800-273-8477 or reach
us online at TCWATCH.ORG.
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ty concerns through proactive
and innovative approaches.
These areas include Jensen
Beach, Fisherman’s Cove/Martin Crossings, Golden Gate,
Port Salerno, Banner Lake
(Hobe Sound), South County
and Indiantown.
These deputies work closely
with community members and
other governmental agencies
to assist in promoting positive
change through consistent
positive interaction. Deputies
assigned to this unit patrol in
marked vehicles, on bicycle
and on foot. This makes them
more accessible to the citizens
of the areas where they are
The Community Policing
deputies participate in numerous community events aimed
at promoting safety, crime prevention and community interaction. They are available for
presentations to neighborhood
groups regarding personal
safety, crime reduction, drug
awareness, and stranger recognition.
These deputies also conduct
presentations at local schools
about the dangers of alcohol
abuse, drug abuse, and the risk
of making poor decisions.
These deputies also participate
in various crime reduction
projects aimed at addressing
long term criminal and problematic behavior.
Policing Unit at (772) 220-7013
for more information.
Move Over
Return Safe and Project Lifesaver
Many drivers are
not yet aware of a
new law that requires
motorists to:
• Vacate the lane closest to a
parked emergency vehicle with
emergency lights flashing while
on the side of the road, or a
wrecker performing a recovery or
loading a vehicle with amber
lights flashing on the side of the
road, as soon as it is safe to do so.
• Reduce speed when unable to
change lanes to move away from
a parked emergency vehicle or
wrecker with lights flashing.
• Reduce speed on a two-lane
road when approaching a parked
emergency vehicle or wrecker
with flashing lights.
Yield the right of way and proceed to a parallel position as
close as possible to the curb
when an authorized emergency
vehicle displaying flashing lights
or sounding sirens approaches in
route to an emergency, and
remain there until the emergency
vehicle (s) pass the area.
drive safely,
and keep our
Helping to ensure the safety of community members
who suffer from cognitive disabilities or progressive illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, or other cognitive
disabilities, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office has
launched the Return Safe Program.
The program is designed to assist law enforcement officials with locating program participants who may be confused and disoriented so they may be returned to their
loved ones as quickly as possible. Information about program participants is incorporated into a searchable
database available to law
enforcement personnel only.
This database is unique to the
Office and was designed by a
local computer programmer
who donated his time and
expertise to the Sheriff’s
In addition to the Return
Safe Program, the Sheriff’s
Office is also debuting to residents Project Lifesaver. Project Lifesaver is a national
program that uses radio technology to help locate missing persons. Participants wear a
bracelet, equipped with a transmitter, which can aid specially trained Sheriff’s Office personnel in locating them
once they are reported missing.
For more information regarding the Return Safe Program
or Project Lifesaver, contact the Community Policing Unit,
at (772) 220-7013.
‘Live Scan’ Fingerprint System
The Martin County Sheriff ’s Office is
now online with The LiveScan fingerprint
In 2004, the Sheriff ’s Office obtained its
LiveScan machine to improve overall customer service and convenience.
Residents now have a more convenient
means of being fingerprinted for employment purposes, concealed firearms permit applications, or for any other reason
they might need to obtain their fingerprints. This innovative technology saves
residents time by electronically submitting fingerprints to FDLE for concealed
firearms permits, and instantly providing
citizens with a computer generated fingerprint card for employment purposes
without the mess of traditional fingerprint ink.
Users are charged a nominal fee of $5 for
this service. Fingerprinting services are
available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
Avoiding false
Did you know?
• 99.5% of all alarm signals are FALSE?
• False alarms cost you! They result in fines,
increased tax dollars and personal inconvenience.
• In 2008, Martin County deputies responded to a
total of 4,393 false alarms.
False alarms take deputies away from more serious
matters and are costly to all parties involved. We are
committed to reducing the volume of false alarms and
their associated costs. In 2005, the Martin County
Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance
#682, “The Martin County False Alarm Reduction Ordinance.”
This ordinance allows the county to impose a fine
against businesses and homeowners for false alarms.
The ordinance was designed to minimize the number
of false alarms and help offset the cost of a deputy
response to false alarms. The ordinance places
responsibility on the alarm user to prevent false
What is a False Alarm?
Preventing False Alarms
A false alarm occurs when the alarm system is activated and the Sheriff’s Office responds, but there is no
evidence of criminal activity. This includes alarms activated by accident, negligence or minor interruptions
of the electrical system, etc.
How to Register Your Alarm
Residential or non-residential alarm systems must
be registered annually if they are monitored or have
exterior indicators (flashing lights or sirens) that can be
seen or heard outside of the alarmed location by others, prompting an alarm dispatch request.
To obtain an alarm permit application, visit our Web
site: and follow the links to
the alarm page or contact the Martin County Tax Collector’s Office: 3485 S.E. Willoughby Blvd., Stuart, FL
34994 Telephone: (772) 288-5600.
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someone else’s house when no adult
is present. Work out an escape plan
in case of fire.
Tell your child never to open a
A fee of $20 shall accompany each application for
alarms on residential, commercial or governmental
premises. Alarm owners who experience no false
alarms during the permit year will have their alarm
permit renewal fee reduced to $10 for the following
year, provided that the permit is renewed prior to its
expiration. Car alarms are exempt from the Martin
County Ordinance unless they are permanently affixed
to one location.
• Educate the members of your home or business on
how to manually operate the alarm system and what
to do if the alarm is accidentally activated.
• Close all windows and doors before activating the
• Keep pets out of rooms with motion sensors.
• Check for drafts that can move plants, curtains, signs,
holiday decorations and other items in motion
sensor areas. Fans, heaters, air conditioners, open
windows can all cause drafts.
• Don’t try to beat the system! If you need to re-enter
after arming the system, disarm and start over.
• If you accidentally set off your alarm … don’t panic!
• Enter your disarm code carefully.
• If you subscribe to an alarm service, do not leave the
premises until you have spoken with them.
door to a stranger at home.
Once the threshold of safety is
open, a child’s weight will not hold
back an adult intruder. Consider the
height of your child when installing
a peep-hole in your front door.
Teach your child how to work the
Fees for False Alarms
The following fee schedule applies if the alarm operator has a valid permit:
First Alarm
Second Alarm
Third & Fourth
Fifth & Sixth
Seventh & Eighth
Ninth & Tenth
The fee for a non-permitted alarm system or an
alarm system with a revoked permit is $200.
Revocation of Alarm Permit
The Sheriff may revoke an alarm permit if there is a
false statement of a material matter on the alarm permit application or 10 or more false alarms have
For more information, contact the Martin County
Sheriff’s Office False Alarm Reduction Unit at (772) 2207140.
door and window locks and make
sure to use them.
For more information or to schedule a presentation regarding child
safety, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at (772) 320-4949.
Martin County Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency Phone Directory
Sheriff Non-emergency Switchboard ........(772) 220-7000
Administration ............................................(772) 220-7025
Air Division ..................................................(772) 220-7097
Animal Control Citation Payment .............(772) 288-5545
Animal Control Enforcement .....................(772) 463-3211
Animal Licensing.........................................(772) 288-5600
Animal Impoundment (Humane Society) (772) 223-8822
Animals - Lost (Humane Society of the Treasure
Coast Animal Shelter.............................. (772) 287-5753
Animals – Strays/Pick-Ups ........................ (772) 463-3211
Booking Desk .............................................. (772) 220-7220
Chaplain...................................................... (772) 320-4777
Chief Deputy................................................(772) 220-7003
Citizen Academy .........................................(772) 320-4749
Civil ..............................................................(772) 220-7030
Community Emergency Response Team ..(772) 419-2665
Community Policing ...................................(772) 220-7013
Courthouse Security ...................................(772) 220-7038
Crime Prevention ........................................(772) 320-4749
Crime Scene.................................................(772) 320-4778
Data Processing...........................................(772) 220-7120
Desk Sergeant ..............................................(772) 220-7009
Detective Bureau.........................................(772) 220-7060
Directed Operations....................................(772) 220-7146
Dispatch.......................................................(772) 220-7170
Evidence.......................................................(772) 220-7090
Finance .........................................................(772)220-7135
Identification ...............................................(772) 220-7056
Indiantown ..................................................(772) 597-2102
Jail.................................................................(772) 220-7200
Media Relations...........................................(772) 320-4736
Narcotics ......................................................(772) 220-7160
Neighborhood Watch..................................(772) 320-4749
Personnel .....................................................(772) 220-7004
Purchasing ...................................................(772) 220-7130
Radio Shop...................................................(772) 220-7096
Records.........................................................(772) 220-7050
Road Patrol...................................................(772) 220-7140
Road Patrol – Traffic Enforcement .............(772) 220-7144
Sheriff Administrative Assistant.................(772) 220-7024
Technical Services .......................................(772) 220-7125
Teen Programs (Explorers) .........................(772) 220-7062
Training Division.........................................(772) 220-7007
Victim’s Advocate ........................................(772) 220-7178
Volunteer Opportunities.............................(772) 320-4749
Warrants.......................................................(772) 220-7020
Web site
Useful Web sites
• Martin County Sheriff’s Office ...................................................
• Martin County Board of County Commissioners..................................
• Florida Department of Law Enforcement ........................................
• National Sex Offender Registry..............................................................
• Consumer Information Center ......................................................
• National Center for Missing and Exploited Children..............................
• Federal Bureau of Investigation ..................................................................
• Immigration and Customs Enforcement ....................................................
Sheriff Robert L. Crowder
Other important phone numbers
• Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers.............(800) 273-8477
• Department of Children and
Families Hotline.....................................(800) 96-ABUSE
• 211 Information and Crisis Services......................... 211
• Office of the State Attorney......................(772) 288-5646
• Clerk of the Circuit Court.........................(772) 288-5576
Photos that appear on pages 4, 7, 13, and 14 courtesy of Steven Martine Photography.
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