Tips to Protect
In this day and age it is more productive to be Proactive rather than Reactive.
One in six males and one in four females will be sexually abused at some point in their life. Protect your children with these helpful hints: 1) Teach children the difference in good touch and bad touch; 2) let children know they can trust you and should not keep secrets from you; 3) know the people children spend time with; 4) monitor internet and phone usage; 5) it is okay to be NOSY!!
Deter a Thief: 1) when you leave your home, look around and be aware of the surroundings; 2) do not leave the garage door open while you are away; 3) have a security system, use it, and advertise that you have it; 4) have friends and neighbors pick up mail and keep an eye on hyour home while you are away; 5) do not leave things (like tools and metal) in the yard that may be appealing to a passerby; 6) set up a neighborhood watch in your community. Prosecutor Collins has been active in helping to establish such programs in Highland County and would gladly aide in the establishment of a Program in your area!
Help Fight Drugs: 1) Talk to your kids about drugs and how important it is to say "NO"! 2) report suspicious activity to the appropriate law enforcement agency; 3) keep record of cars and people. Don't be discouraged! Law enforcement collects information for use at later times and every piece of information is valuable.
Prosecutor Anneka Collins & Detective Richard Warner of the Highland County Sheriff's Office address residents regarding the establishment of a Neighborhood Watch Program (TG Photo/Gary Abernathy)