OUACHITA PARISH (OPSO Release) -- We all want to do our part to help stop crime in our neighborhoods. We understand that sometimes residents are hesitant to call because they don’t want to be singled out if their suspicions prove to be false.
“Deputies solve crimes everyday thanks to alert neighbors who either called in the suspicious activity or made notes and gave to the deputies upon learning that their suspicions were correct and a crime had taken place”, said Sheriff Jay Russell.
The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office asks that if you perceive something to be out of place or just not right, call the Sheriffs’ Office and report it, which can be done anonymously. If you are afraid to report at that time at least make notes about the person (hair color, physical description, etc.) or vehicle (tag #, color, make, model, etc.) and save it.
What is suspicious activity that I should report?
- A stranger entering your neighbor’s home or property when the neighbor is not home.
- Screaming or shouting may signal a fight, robbery, rape, etc.
- Offers of merchandise at ridiculously low prices could mean stolen property.
- Person removing car parts, license plates, or gasoline are considered suspicious.
- A person looking into parked cars may be looking for a car to steal or for valuables left in plain view inside.
- Persons entering or leaving a business place after hours may be burglars.
- The sound of braking glass or other loud, explosive noises could mean an accident, break-in, or vandalism.
- Persons loitering around schools, parks, secluded areas, or in the neighborhood may be sex offenders, may be “casing” for crime, or may be acting as a look-out.
- Persons around the neighborhood who do not live there could be burglars.
- Persons claiming to be representatives of utilities (gas, phone, water, electric, cable) but who are not in uniform or have no company identification may be burglars.
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