“Observation Patrol” rolls out

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(4/3/19)– It’s a service offering protection when you’re away from the home you love.

  Imagine–you’re all set for vacation. The trip is booked, the bags are packed, and you are ready to go, but you’re worried about who’s going to be watching your house while you’re gone. Well, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office has a solution.

It’s called the Observation Patrol.

The sheriff’s office is promoting the program by spreading the word on social media.

   “They can call here or look us up on our web page and fill out a form there and it goes to our volunteer units as well as our patrol units. Give us the dates you’re leaving, the dates you’re coming back, and we’ll check on your residence in between,” said Stephen Williams of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.

 It’s a simple and affordable way to ensure property and valuables are protected.

   “I think it’s a really good idea, especially considering it’s free of charge. I mean, you can’t really beat someone coming in and checking in on your house, don’t have to pay them anything and it’s secure and safe.” said local resident Savannah Holyfield.

Some say this local idea should be a service offered everywhere.

   “Nationwide it would be a good thing to implement because of the fact that there are a lot of burglaries, ” said local resident Ryan Woods.

Others said it’s something they’d take advantage of in the future.

   “I think it’s great. I think I’ll definitely use it in the future now that I know about it. I think it’ll definitely help the parish a lot,” said local resident Trevor Buchanan.

 It puts fears of theft to rest while residents are away, getting some much needed rest of their own.

   “Burglary is a crime that’s not going away, it’s always going to be here, but it’s always nice just to have somebody there checking on your valuables and checking on your residence.” said Williams.

 Williams says in the past, the observation patrol have found unlocked doors, even busted water lines while watching houses.

Forms to request the observation patrol at your residence can be found at the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and on their website.

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