Sheriff Bulletin

Holiday Safety Tips

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This is the first Monthly Bulletin the Iron County Sheriff’s Office will be posting on our newly reformatted web site.  We hope you will take the time to navigate our new website and learn about your Iron County Sheriff’s Office.  We hope to publish a new Bulletin every month on various subjects related to the public safety services the Iron County Sheriff’s Office provides.

I would like to start off with a message about the upcoming holidays.  This is a time of year that we see an increase in alcohol related offences.  People are celebrating more and in turn this translates into more people driving under the influence of alcohol and other intoxicating substances.  The Iron County Sheriff’s Office asks that all people celebrating the holidays this year, or any other time to please have a designated driver to deliver you home after the party.   Every year during the holidays we always have the tragic story of someone driving intoxicated that either kills themselves or an innocent person or family because they made the poor choice of getting behind the wheel while in that condition.  So please, just think about the possible consequences before you drink and drive, it could save lives.

Also this time of year we see an increase in thefts.  When you are out and about shopping be sure to store your gifts and valuables in the trunk of your car or some other concealed area of your vehicle.  If your valuables are visible inside your vehicle you just set yourself up to be a victim of a crime.  It only takes a few seconds for a criminal to break a window on your vehicle and reach in to grab whatever they can see, and then flee the area. The chances are very slim they will ever be caught if there is not a witness to this crime.  Also make an effort to be home to accept delivery of packages being sent to your home.  If you are not home and the package is left at your door there is a chance a criminal will steal the package before you get home to retrieve it from your front porch.  Criminals will follow delivery trucks around and wait until the package is left on a porch and then wait to see if anybody is home to accept it.

The Iron County Sheriff’s Office would like to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas.  Please feel free to contact us with any comments, concerns or any advice that will help us serve you better.


Sheriff Mark O. Gower

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