Do-it-Yourself Home/Business Security Audit
When is the last time you checked around your home or business to make it more difficult to be victimized by a burglary? The Pasco Sheriff’s Office encourages citizens to periodically conduct a survey at their home or business to make sure you are doing everything you can to prevent becoming a victim.
In that effort, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office has released a do-it-yourself video that will give citizens tips on reducing the risk of being victimized by a burglary. Citizens are encouraged to review the video and download a home/business security checklist that provides a number of tips on how to improve the safety and security in and around your home or business. Many of the tips are common sense but we encourage citizens to look at the video. Homeowners and renters alike can look at the material from the comfort of their own home, on their own timetable and improve their own security.
The PSO Home/Business Security Audit video can be seen at the Pasco Sheriff’s Office official YouTube®website.
Click here to view the video.
To download the checklist of the Home/Business Security Audit, click here.
In 2003, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office spent nearly 30 hours and thousands of dollars in resources searching for a woman with Alzheimer’s disease who had wandered from her Zephyrhills home. Fortunately, she was located in good condition near her home, where she had locked herself in a neighbor’s shed and ignored calls from both her family and from searching deputies.
To prevent such incidents from reoccurring, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office initiated a new search-and-rescue program, called “Project Lifesaver,” that can quickly find wandering individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, autistism and other cognitive conditions. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office conducts numerous searches every year for mentally-impaired victims and encourages their caregivers to look into the program.
Project Lifesaver is a proactive program that electronically tracks lost or wandering participants through the use of small transmitters. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office is equipped with receivers to track the transmitters, which are usually worn on the wrist like a watch. The PSO was the first in the Tampa Bay region to participate in this program and only the fourth in the state at that time.
Project Lifesaver was established in Virginia in 1999 and has been implemented in law enforcement agencies across the country. The program has safely recovered more than 2,700 wanderers, with an average location time of 22 minutes. Tracking can be conducted by law enforcement personnel from both the air and the ground.
Costs for individuals to participate in the program is $390 for the first year, which includes a transmitter, a battery tester, and a year’s supply of batteries. After the first year, there is a yearly fee of $100 for the additional straps and batteries. For those caregivers who cannot afford the program’s costs, the PSO can help with obtaining assistance, which is possible through the generosity of a number of county civic groups who have donated money to help support the program.
For more information about Project Lifesaver or to receive an application, contact the Pasco Sheriff’s Office’s Project Lifesaver Coordinator Randy Schoneman. His office phone number is (727) 815-7119 and cell phone number is (727) 277-7146.
Child Fingerprinting/ DNA kits
Free child fingerprinting/DNA kits are available for residents of Pasco County at various special events and community events attended by members of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Community Relations Unit. These kits are kept by parents and guardians for safekeeping until needed by law enforcement personnel.
For more information about the following services, please contact the Citizen Support Services Unit at 1-800-854-2862, extension 7757
A limited number of speed trailers are available upon request to be placed in your neighborhood for a limited amount of time. These trailers show drivers what the official speed limit is and how fast they are traveling.
Vacation House Check
If manpower is available, members of the Citizen Service Unit will make regular security checks on homes when residents are on vacation.