With holiday season traditionally comes an increase in property crimes such as burglaries and thefts of vehicles/equipment. Criminals' often target unsecured equipment. Such as farm or construction machinery and outdoor recreation vehicles and lawn care equipment.
To counter these crimes the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office is again conducting Crime Deterrent Directed Patrols throughout the county.
Patrols will involve uniformed deputies in both marked and unmarked patrol vehicles. Experienced Deputies from the agency's Special Operations Team and Investigations units will staff these proactive patrols.
“Our focused crime deterrent directed patrols began earlier this month and will continue at least through the end of the year,” said Sheriff Eddy Rice.
"Using information gathered from crime reports, we have selected several areas of the county where patrols will be focused," Rice continued "We've done this for several year now. The patrols have been very effective in reducing crime and helping to keep our citizens safe."
The focus of these patrols is to find and arrest of active criminals. These efforts have been an important tool in reducing crime and have also helped to improve the overall traffic safety in the county.
He urged residents to report any suspicious activity to the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office at 918-756-4311.
Citizens who have information about crime(s) and who wish to remain anonymous may contact the Okmulgee County TIPLINE at 918-516-8332.