Grant County Sheriff concerned about rural burglaries | Crime
The Grant County Sheriff's Office is increasing patrols in rural communities to combat rising property crimes. Today Tom Jones reports the rural areas of Grant County have experienced several property crimes, specifically thefts of metal, wire, batteries and livestock panels. The most recent thefts occurred in Mae Valley and the area to the northeast of Moses Lake.
With autumn approaching and the farming season coming to an end, Sheriff Jones is offering several reminders to assist farmers and ranchers in protecting themselves and their property from being a victim.
- When securing farming equipment (tractors, etc.) for the season, remove keys so that the equipment cannot be driven.
- If tractors and equipment are sitting unattended for the winter, remove the batteries and store them to prevent thieves from taking them and selling them to scrap yards.
- Other equipment such as hand tools, generators and trailers to haul equipment should be stored in either a secure storage area or close to the residence. When stored by themselves, it's easy for persons to remove them without being seen.
- Farmers are strongly encouraged to mark or identify their property in a way which helps deputies recognize the property if they are recovered. Spray paint, engravings and keeping a list of serial numbers are all helpful.
- Irrigation towers and wire spans are a target for thieves. When broken down for the winter, remove the span wire and store it. If not broken down, maintain an alarm on them for interruption of power.
Sheriff Jones advocates for and asks the public for help preventing and solving crimes, saying the eyes and ears of the rural communities should remain vigilant and call 911 if they spot anything suspicious. Anyone with information about stolen property can also send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.