Ways to limit crime during the Holiday Season!

Nov 06, 2017

As we enter the holiday season, I wanted to reach out to everyone in the community to highlight information about possible criminal activity and what we can do to limit crimes of opportunity. Loudoun County has the lowest crime rate in the DC Metropolitan area, but that does not immune us from those seeking to make an easy profit. As the holiday season approaches, and packages are sent to your homes, the Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance. There is an increase of package larcenies from door steps. By planning ahead, we can limit thefts from occurring.  Listed below are alternative delivery methods

  • Request that your package be delivered to the Post Office
  • Utilize package delivery points (example: Amazon Locker)
  • Track your package and have someone home the day of delivery or
  • Request a friend to collect your package if you will not be at home

The Sheriff’s Office has joined a national campaign #9PMROUTINE. The focus is to include the securing of your vehicles and house, just as you would brush your teeth before bed. A major trend in the region is larcenies from vehicles, which can include people gaining access to your home by using your garage door opener. It is imperative to remove all valuables from your vehicle, lock it, maybe remove your garage door opener and lock your house up to include the door leading to the garage.  If you happen to notice that someone gained entry to your vehicle and do not believe that anything of value was stolen, we still want you to report the incident to us. Usually, if one car was broken into, there will be several others in the area as well.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office provides many outlets to report a crime, suspicious incident and or leads to help us better serve you. You can report issues by going online to sheriff.loudoun.gov. There you will find an online feature to make your report.  You can also call the non-emergency line 24/7at (703) 777-1021.

Thank you and I hope all of you have a great holiday season.

Deputy First Class Garry Epple

Dulles South Station