1. Always keep your home's doors and windows locked when you go to bed or leave your house, even if you are leaving for a short period.
2. Secure all lawn and gardening equipment in your garage or a storage shed, and keep your garage doors closed at all times (even when you're doing work around the house).
3. Put all ladders and other tools back into a secure storage area after you use them.
4. Be aware of home improvements scams. If you did not solicit the contractor or salesman who shows up at your door unannounced, do not do business with that person.
5. Always remember to close your car windows, take any valuables out of your car, and lock your doors every time you exit your vehicle, even if your vehicle is parked in your driveway.
6. Get to know your neighbors! Let a trusted neighbor know if you are planning to travel this spring. Neighbors who know each other look out for each other.
3/10/2021 @ 5:00 AM deputies were called to 85 Soco Ln. Sanford NC in reference to a residence being set fire during a domestic dispute. Amdendrius Elizabeth McRae reported Shelia Renee Johns of 85 Soco Ln. attempted to set their residence on fire by pouring lighter fluid on the bedroom floor and setting it on fire. McRae reported her and Johns were arguing over a laptop computer. The residence suffered approximately $1,000 worth of damage. Johns was arrested on scene and charged w/ 1st degree arson and was held under no bond.
3/3/2021 Anthony Leon Patterson (51) of 208 Mt. Pisgah Ch Rd. Sanford was arrested for misdemeanor breaking and entering, domestic criminal trespassing, violating a domestic protective order and injury to personal property; he was held under $100,000 secured bond.
Report any suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1.
How it works:
When the bad guys present a shocking claim to an unknowing victim, they often add a sense of urgency to drive home the “importance” of the scenario. In reality, this sense of urgency is another factor increasing the chances that you’ll react impulsively and click on their malicious links or download their dangerous attachments. Attackers explain their fake scenarios in the body of their phishing emails, but they’re also known for using shocking subject lines such as, “Act Now: Fraudulent activity on your checking account”. Though these tactics certainly aren’t limited to phishing emails, scammers also use these techniques in Smishing (SMS, or text phishing) and Vishing (voice phishing) attempts.
How to avoid falling victim to pressure:
The reason these attackers are often successful is because they‘re convincing the target to either avoid a negative consequence or gain something of value. Stop and think about the likelihood of the scenario before making the wrong move.
Never open an attachment you weren’t expecting. Even if it appears to be from someone you know, pick up the phone to verify it’s legitimate.
If the sender of the email is difficult to get in touch with or unwilling to speak on the phone, it’s likely a scam.
If the sender requests that you send or receive money in unusual ways it’s probably a scam. For example, if they’re requesting a payment in the form of gift cards, don’t fall for it!
If you feel that you have been comprised, contact our department immediately and retain all emails/texts/phone records, etc.
Many of you probably recall the infamous "Chinese Seeds" that started to appear nationwide in mailboxes in 2020. Well, now it's facemasks. The Better Business Bureau says this is part of a scam called “brushing” where companies, usually foreign, third-party sellers, are sending the items are using a person’s address found online.
According to the BBB, their intention is to make it appear as though you wrote a glowing online review of their merchandise, and that you are a verified buyer of that merchandise. They then post a fake, positive review to improve their products’ ratings, which means more sales for them.
For those who receive an unsolicited item(s), it's recommended that you contact the Sanford post office and advise them. They have protocols for things of this nature. If the item was shipped by a "big box" store, contact their customer service department and perhaps consider changing your passwords on your online accounts.
Also, According to the FTC, you are allowed to keep something you didn't order if it's specifically sent to your name and your address, and you don't owe any money for it.
We recommend that you dispose of any masks due to the unknown origin of the product.
Late Tuesday night, January 26th, at approximately 11:00pm, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents executed a search warrant on the property located at 336 Patchett’s Creek Lane, Broadway.
In the course of the search agents located approximately 136 grams of fentanyl, and 750 grams of marijuana. Dwight Leander Solomon was taken into custody and processed and charged with 1 count of trafficking opium/heroin by possession, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling place for the storage and sells of an illegal controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Solomon was jailed under a $250,000.00 secured bond.
Shane Carter Taylor, age 28, was taken into custody and charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, one count of felony possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling place for the storage and sales of an illegal controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Taylor was jailed with no bond.
I once had a fortune cookie that read "Society Prepares The Crime, The Criminal Commits It". Never has there been a statement as true as this!
Report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff's department. No law enforcement agency can operate effectively without the cooperation of the people it serves. The concept of crime prevention invites ALL segments of the community to proactively participate in the reduction of crime.
In an effort to prevent crimes in Lee county, We've put together some helpful tips to follow.
- Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
- Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
- Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
- Keep your garage door closed and locked.
- Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
- Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
- Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
- Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
- Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
- Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.
- Lawn mowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight
- Always lock your garden sheds, garages and any outside buiildings.
- Use curtains on garage and basement windows.
- Never leave notes on your door such as “Gone shopping.”
- No lock, regardless of its quality, can be truly effective. Key-in dead bolt locks provide minimum security. Ask a local locksmith for advice on your situation.
- Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.
- When moving into a new home, have all locks changed.
- Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
- Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
- Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.
- Most windows can be pinned for security.
- Drill a 3/16" hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window frame and halfway into the outside frame - place a nail in the hole to secure the windows. A quick Youtube search can yield great results!
- An alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of mind to homeowners, especially while on vacation. There is a wide variety of alarm systems on the market.
- Make several inquiries to different companies for the best security system available to you.
- If you have a home alarm system, use it! Activate your alarm system — Alarm systems are only useful when you remember to activate them.
- Many individuals have alarm systems but do not arm them because it is inconvenient. Many burglars know this and will not be deterred by a window sticker or sign indicating that the home has an alarm system.
- Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
- Use your cell phone or a neighbor's phone to call police.
- Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
- Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
- Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons. (Note description from head to toe)
- Do not leave valuables in plain view:
(GPS devices, laptops, cell phones, wallets, purses, backpacks, etc)
- Do not leave windows or sunroof open.
- Do not leave doors unlocked.
- Do not leave keys in the vehicle.
- Do not leave the garage door opener in plain view.
- Do not leave out items with personal information.
- Do not move valuable items to the trunk while in public view.
- Slow down and use common sense before you leave your car.
With the ever-growing popularity of online shopping and online communications, you should always have your guard up in the cyberworld. Criminals will use any situation to their advantage–especially when it comes to annual holidays. Below you’ll find a few examples of commonly used seasonal and holiday scams, and what you can do to protect yourself.
Fake Shipping/Postal Notifications: End of the year holidays invite a greater likelihood of this common phishing attack, but this is a scam you must be cautious of all year long. Scammers send fake notifications that appear to come from postal service companies. The emails include dangerous links that, if clicked, could install malware on your computer or take you to a fake login page where your credentials will be stolen.
What should you do? To check the legitimacy of these types of claims, always log in to your online account or service through your browser–not through links in unexpected emails.
Travel Deals and Offers: Scammers know that their potential victims travel for holidays throughout the year. Cybercriminals send emails offering fake travel deals from well-known travel sites. They’re even known to create phony websites for cheap hotels and flights so they can rob you of your money.
What should you do? When something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Never click on links in unexpected emails. Before booking through an unfamiliar service, do your research and ensure the company is legitimate.
Social Media Deals and Sales: All social media advertisements are not created equal. A “paid advertisement” may seem trustworthy, but be warned: Anyone can pay to put an ad on social media. During holidays and popular shopping seasons, fraudsters buy ads that offer deals for items that you’re more-than-likely interested in–considering social media ads target the buyer market. The ads typically contain phishing links that lead to fraudulent websites where they will steal your credit card data. Even if the malicious ad is reported and removed, the bad guys typically only need one victim to fall for their trick to make it worth their investment.
What should you do? Always hover over links and URLs before clicking to check whether the URL will take you to a dangerous or unexpected site. If a social media ad appears to be from a company you’re familiar with, check the company’s website instead of clicking on links from the ad.
(Please share with your elderly friends and family)
Mr. Martin turned himself.
Justin Blake Martin (26) of 208 Hawk Rd. Sanford NC for:
Felony Conversion of property
Filing false report
Felony Elude arrest
2 cts Careless and Reckless driving
He was last seen in Broadway operating a 2014 Blue GMC Sierra truck w/ “Martin” on front plate of vehicle.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Martin is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 919-775-5531.
11/24/2020 Ciro Ramos Medina (63) of 2718 Pine Acres Dr., Sanford was arrested on true bill of indictment for statutory rape of a child by an adult, statutory sex offence w/ a child by an adult and taking indecent liberties; he was held under $500,000 secured bond.
Residents are encouraged to follow these safety tips:
· A single shopper is the best target for theft. Always shop with a friend or relative.
· When going shopping, tell someone where you are going and what time to expect you to return. Also, make sure they know what you are wearing, as well as the type of vehicle you are driving.
· Shop during daylight hours. If you shop at night, park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
· Dress casually and comfortably and avoid wearing expensive jewelry. If carrying cash, keep it in your front pocket rather than in a purse or wallet. This makes it much more difficult for a pick-pocket to remove. Also store car keys in a pants or jacket pocket. If your purse is stolen, you will still be able to drive home.
· Pay careful attention to your surroundings and avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
· When returning to your vehicle, check around it and in the back seat. Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Have you car keys in your hand to avoid spending unnecessary time unprotected from the security of your vehicle.
· If you feel uneasy returning to your vehicle alone, find a security guard and ask them to walk you to your car.
· Keep a close watch on your credit card every time you use it, and make sure you get it back as quickly as possible.
· Never write your PIN number on your credit card.
· Never leave your credit cards or receipts lying around.
· Shield your credit card number so that others around you can’t copy it or capture it on a mobile telephone or other camera.
· Only carry credit cards that you absolutely need.
· Shred anything with your credit card number written on it.
· If you’re planning to purchase online, make sure the web page where you enter your credit card information is secure through SSL (Secure Socket Layer). You can tell if the web page is secure by looking for the gold lock or key icon at the bottom corner of your browser window.
· If you’re not comfortable submitting your information through the internet, call the seller and give them your information over the telephone. Never send your credit card information via email.
· Check the company out. Only do business with companies that provide a physical address and telephone number.
· Keep good records. Always print out a copy of any online products or services you purchase.
Gift Card Fraud:
· Never buy gift cards from online auction sites. This is a large source of gift card fraud. Many of the gift cards are stolen, counterfeit or used.
· Only buy gift cards directly from the store issuing the gift card or from a secure retailer’s website.
· Don’t buy gift cards off of publicly displayed racks in retail stores. Only purchase gift cards at the sales terminal from the cashier.
· Always carefully examine both the front and back of a gift card before you buy it. If you see a PIN number, ask for a different card. If the card looks like it has been tampered with in any way, put it back.
· Always ask the store cashier to scan the gift card in front of you. This will guarantee that your card is valid when you buy it and that it reflects the balance you just charged it with.
· Always keep your receipt as a proof of purchase as long as there is money stored on the gift card.
· If possible, register your gift card at the store’s website
· Never give your Social Security number, date of birth or any other unneeded private information when purchasing a gift card. No reputable company will ask for this information.
Unfortunately, when shopping, people have a tendency to let their guard down. However, paying attention and taking precautions can help eliminate their chances of being victimized. Please be vigilant and call 9-1-1 if you see anything suspicious!