The mission of the crime prevention unit is to join in partnership with the residents of Hall County to create safe communities and reduce the opportunity for crime. We believe that citizen participation in preventing crime is essential. The dilemma of law enforcement is that we can't be in all places at all times, so the more "eyes & ears" that are out there to report crime or suspicious activity, the better off we all are.
The crime prevention unit administers programs and services such as Neighborhood Watch, as well as educational programs such as personal safety awareness, identity theft & fraud prevention, and property crime prevention. Home and business security surveys are also offered at no cost. For information on these or any other crime prevention topics, please feel free to contact us at the number or email address below.
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The Sheriff's Office recognizes that successful crime prevention relies heavily on a partnership between law enforcement agencies and the citizens they serve. The dilemma of law enforcement is that we can't be in all places at all times, so we count on concerned citizens to be our "eyes and ears." Neighborhood Watch emphasizes solid communication methods, observation skills, diligence, and a lasting partnership with the Hall County Sheriff's Office.
Neighborhood Watch is not complicated, and doesn't require a great deal of logistics. Primary and secondary coordinators oversee the general functions and communications, block captains keep up with a small number of homes in their immediate vicinity, and everyone keeps the lines of communication open.
Neighborhood Watch operations are based on the simple concepts of organization, communication, and observation & reporting. It's an easy-to-maintain, user-friendly system that encourages participation through keeping citizens informed and empowering them as the key elements in the program.
Once you and your neighbors decide to start a Neighborhood Watch, contact the Hall County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit at 770-533-7674 for more information and to start discussing a scheduled meeting and program presentation.
As a service to the citizens of Hall County, the Sheriff's Office offers the vacation home check program. If you are scheduled to be away from home for two nights or longer, you may submit a request for Deputies to conduct security checks of your home during your absence. Please understand that due to manpower restrictions and variations in the volume and nature of calls that the patrol shift is handling, vacation home checks are conducted on an "as available" basis. The Sheriff's Office cannot guarantee that a residence will be checked at specific times of the day or a minimum number of times while a homeowner is away.
Note that this service is available only to residents in the service area of the Hall County Sheriff's Office. If you live in the city limits of Gainesville, Oakwood, Flowery Branch, or Braselton please contact those agencies to inquire about similar services.
To request this service, please click here and provide the required information. Please try to make requests three to five days in advance.
What is Identity Theft?
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information (name, SSN, credit information, etc.) without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes. It costs individuals and businesses- which ultimately costs all consumers - a great deal of time and money. It can effectively ruin a good person's name and may take many months to correct.
How does it happen?
Some of the more common methods identity thieves may employ to get your information are:
- Going through your trash or "dumpster diving"
- Stealing your wallet or purse
- Stealing your mail or submitting a change of address form for your mail
- Using "phishing" or fake emails to get you to provide personal information
What can you do?
Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your information
Detect suspicious activity by routinely monitoring your financial accounts and billing statements
Defend against identity theft as soon as you suspect a problem
If you suspect that you have become the victim of identity theft, contact law enforcement for a report as soon as possible, and begin taking steps immediately to protect yourself from further fraudulent activity. The quicker you act, the more you minimize your risk.
Contact the Hall County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit for more information, and click HERE to visit the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's comprehensive site on identity theft prevention.
Sergeant Stephen Wilbanks
Crime Prevention Officer
610 Main Street SW|