NEWS RELEASE 21-012 - MARCH 1, 2021
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is enhancing crime prevention efforts again this year as local students and visitors enjoy the suncoast during Spring Break.
An increased law enforcement presence at local beaches and popular entertainment establishments is intended to prevent crimes of opportunity and disrupt incidents before they occur. The sheriff’s office is also encouraging beachgoers to take personal responsibility by staying updated on current CDC guidelines during their visit. Residents and visitors alike should keep the following tips in mind, whether they are staying local or visiting elsewhere:
- Become familiar with your surroundings including nearby streets and landmarks.
- Keep valuables out of sight by locking them in the trunk or hotel room safe.
- Always carry wallets, purses, room and car keys securely.
- Lock the doors and windows at your hotel and always lock your vehicle.
- Obey traffic signals and speed limits and avoid any distractions.
- Utilize crosswalks and sidewalks. Make your presence known to motorists.
- Never advertise your plans to strangers - in person or online.
- Stay with your group and never leave with a stranger.
- Designate a sober driver or utilize a ride-sharing service.
- Be observant and report any and all suspicious activity.
- If you are visiting a public beach, remember to “pack in and pack out.” Keep shorelines litter-free by taking everything with you when you leave.
- If you are visiting the beach or a crowded area with small children, take a photo of what they are wearing before you arrive. This photo can help law enforcement locate your child if you become separated.
“This is a great time of year to enjoy Sarasota County’s beautiful parks, beaches, and entertainment,” commented Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman. “Which is why we created this spring break safety campaign. We want to ensure visitors are equipped with knowledge and resources that will help them enjoy a safe visit here on the suncoast.”
Spring break spans the months of March and April in Sarasota County and coincides with local events including the Sarasota County Fair and spring training baseball. Crime prevention efforts will enlist multiple agency resources including mobile assets to reach various areas throughout the county based on specific events and activities.
As always, residents and visitors can contact the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office by dialing 911, or the agency’s non-emergency line at 941.316.1201. Citizens can submit crime tips, receive traffic alerts and local weather updates through the agency’s free mobile app available for download on both iPhone and Android devices. The sheriff’s office also encourages citizens to connect with them on social media through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.