Sheriff: alert neighbors are the best weapon against theft

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Puett urges residents to call his
office if they see something suspicious.

And, to not worry about whether it turns out to be nothing.

Puett says a key to fighting crime is alert neighbors who call
when they see something out of the ordinary.

“We would rather respond and find out, well, maybe that’s
their cousin that’s in from Indiana that’s visiting,” Puett tells host Barry
Birr on the KFEQ Hotline. “Nobody’s going to be upset about that. It’s real easy
to check and verify, but what we don’t want is we don’t want those items stolen
or somebody victimized.”

Puett urges citizens to report suspicious activity to his
office. And Puett says a little intervention can head off big problems.

“Check on your neighbors,” Puett says. “Make sure everything’s
going well and, again, nobody’s asking you to go intervene, but if can get
information, you can call law enforcement.”

Puett says his office wants to hear from you about suspicious
activity and would rather check out something and have it turn out to be
nothing than to not be alerted to an actual crime.

And, Puett gives an example of a report his office received
that seemed minor at the time.

“The guy was in a stolen car, had stolen plates. I believe he
had drugs, 19 outstanding felony warrants,” Puett says. “And so, a little thing
might turn into be a bigger thing.”

Puett says alert neighbors are the best weapon against theft.

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