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Crime Prevention


The Iredell County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit serves the citizens of Iredell County through education and demonstration. The Crime Prevention Unit puts on numerous programs throughout the year for groups large and small. These programs are designed to teach new techniques to keep you from becoming a victim of crime. Programs for everyone from children to adults can be scheduled with the staff of the Crime Prevention Unit. For more information please e-mail:

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Community Safety Series

Sheriff Darren Campbell is committed to getting the most up to date safety information to you, the citizens of Iredell County. By clicking on the “Community Safety Series” you will get the latest information and tips on Bicycle Safety, Securing your vacation home, Community Policing, Halloween Safety, Alcohol Abuse and Holiday Crime. Please take a moment to looks at the points of interest on this link.



Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch, Block Watch, Town Watch, Crime Watch- whatever the name, it is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear. Neighborhood Watch forges bonds among area residents, helps reduce burglaries and robberies, and improves relationships between the Sheriff's Office and communities.

The ABC's of Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is neighbors working with neighbors and the Sheriff’s Office to prevent crime. The Neighborhood Watch program is based on the concept of
people looking out for one another and to send a message to potential criminals
that someone is watching every move they make.


  1. Define the area for the Neighborhood Watch. The community should identify
    the streets, the block number range on each street and the numbers of
    houses/units involved. The “Neighborhood Watch Information” form in the
    “Chairperson’s Packet” should be filled out with this information.
  2. Organize a meeting in a home, church, community building or school and
    invite everybody who will be within the boundaries of the Neighborhood
    Watch: residences, businesses, churches. Everyone is a potential crime
    victim so encourage everyone to attend the meeting.
  3. Invite a member of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office to the meeting by contacting the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit at
    (704)878-3180. The officer will explain everyone’s role in Neighborhood
    Watch; offer home security tips and provide advice on reporting suspicious
    activities and crimes.
  4. In order to become an “Active” Neighborhood Watch you will need to have
    50% of the total amount of residents, within the defined boundaries, in
    attendance at the meeting.
  5. Select a chairperson and block captains. The chairperson will be the key
    contact with the Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Specialists and  Response Area Officers. The block captains should assist the chairperson in keeping the community informed.
  6. If the community does have a majority of the neighborhood represented at
    this meeting, One “Sheriff’s Community Watch” Sign will be issued. Additional signs can be purchased through the Sheriff’s Office. The community will be considered an “Active” Neighborhood Watch.
  7. To remain an “Active” Neighborhood Watch the community must have at
    least two Neighborhood Watch meetings a year with an Iredell County Sheriff’s deputy in attendance.
    8. If the community does not have two meetings within the year they would be
    deemed “Inactive” and would be asked that the Neighborhood Watch Sign(s) would be removed until reactivated.
  8. To reactivate the Neighborhood Watch the community must organize another
    meeting with a majority of the residents present and have an Iredell County Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Officer in attendance.

Neighborhood Watch participants are the extra eyes and ears for reporting crime
and helping neighbors. They help build pride and serve as a catalyst in efforts to
address community concerns and solve problems. Participants are not asked to
be vigilantes or to assume the role of the Sheriff’s Deputies.

If you see an actual crime being committed, a suspected crime or threatening
situations, call 911.

  1. Watch out for your neighbor’s home when they are away. Become familiar
    with who belongs and who doesn’t and know your neighbor’s vehicles.
  2. Tell your neighbors and Block Captains when you’re going to be away so they
    can watch your home.
  3. Engrave your property with your North Carolina driver’s license number and
    keep a written inventory of your property along with the serial numbers.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office STRONGLY recommends that you complete an inventory of the property inside your home. Keep your records in a safe place and continue to update it when new items are purchased.

Engraving personal items is also recommended. Some burglars will avoid your
home if they think that your valuables are marked. Often marked items are more
difficult for criminals to sell. A more important reason to mark or engrave your
property, however, is that these items are much more easily identified and
returned to you when Sheriff’s Deputies recover them. When engraving follow these tips:
Use your driver’s license number for engraving, and place a star (asterisk) after
the last digit. (For example, NCDL 1234567*) DO NOT USE SOCIAL
SECURITY NUMBERS! Mark the items in a prominent place that can be seen
without taking anything apart. Keep a list of all the engraved items. Keep this
information in a locked fireproof box, if available.

As an added measure of protection photograph or videotape items which cannot
be easily engraved or that would affect the value if a mark were placed on it (i.e.
silver, jewelry, etc.)

The installation of Neighborhood Watch Signs at your neighborhood entrance
should not be a signal that your task is completed. Actually, this event marks the
beginning of many responsibilities on the part of your newly established
Neighborhood Watch.

To insure that your program remains active and interest remains strong, the
following suggestions should be implemented:

  • It is recommended that your neighborhood set up an annual update meeting
  • Plan quarterly neighborhood events such as a block party, cookouts, kid’s
    day, etc…
  • Participate in National Night Out, the first Tuesday of August
  • Send out a newsletter, monthly or bi-monthly
  • Set up an email or phone information tree


For more information about how you and your community can start a Neighborhood Watch, contact:

Lt. Randy Cass
Crime Prevention Unit
Iredell County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 287Statesville, NC 28687



Neighborhood Watch


Explorer Post 600

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is a proud sponsor of Law Enforcement Explorer Program. This program gives young men and women a hands-on chance to determine if they want to pursue a career in law enforcement. It also builds trust and cooperation between youth and the Sheriff's Office.

Law Enforcement Exploring is a Learning for Life program, which is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. The department currently sponsors one Explorer posts, The post is headed by two advisors, who also are sworn officers. The advisors also have associate advisors (sworn officers as well) assisting them. These officers train and educate Explorers in a number of law enforcement subjects as well as in the department operations. The advisors and associate advisors, volunteer the time they spend with the program.

The department's Explorers are young adults, both male and female, ages 16-20. This is a voluntary program that does require Explorer's commitment to bettering themselves through their studies.

The Explorer Program gives young adults the chance to:

  • Learn the duties and procedures of Iredell County Sheriff’s Office officers. This includes being taught how to conduct a car stop, search a building, handcuff suspects, patrol activities, firearms training, traffic law, etc.
  • Understand how different parts of the Sheriff’s Office function together. To do this, Explorers are taught how the Iredell County and jail operates and how K-9, SERT, Communications, etc., are used in conjunction with patrol. This normally includes giving Explorers a chance to tour various facilities.
  • Develop leadership skills, self-confidence, maturity and discipline. Explorers are given the chance to advance in rank by testing for the position of sergeant, lieutenant and captain. With each rank attained, the Explorers are challenged by being put in a leadership role within the program. Explorers also must maintain a uniform and pass inspection by their advisors.
  • Participate in community activities. As part of their membership requirements, Explorers are called upon by departments and community organizations to help facilitate events and gatherings such as National Night Out, and other social events.


  • Explorers not only represent themselves but they represent the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office and our community as well. To become an Explorer, young people must meet the following standards:
  • Currently attending high school, graduated or have obtained a GED.
    Be of good moral habits with no arrest or conviction records for serious offenses, or multiple minor offenses. (Must be willing to submit to a complete background check.)
  • If a minor, must have parental approval, which includes signatures by the applicant and his/her parents or guardians on a general liability release and medical waiver forms.
  • Be of good mental and physical health.
  • Must have or maintain a "C" average or above in school.
  • Attend four consecutive probationary meetings, and upon conclusion of the fourth meeting, submit to an oral board given by members of the Explorer Post.

NOTE: Each Explorer must "retire" from the Explorer Post upon his/her 21st birthday.

If you meet the requirements for membership and you'd like more information or would like to become an Explorer, you can get an application request from the High School Resource Officers. Explorer meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Or contact Captain Rick Eades (704)- 878-3180.


Information Request Form

Select the items that apply, and then let us know how to contact you.


Send information about the Iredell County Explorer Post.
Send me an Explorer application.
Have an Explorer advisor contact me.






Child Safety Program

Child Safety Program is designed to provide parents with a tool with pertinent information about their children in the case they become missing. This information will enable the police and other authorities to help locate your child. The identification cards include the child’s age, sex, height, weight, birthday, hair/eye color, current address, phone, parental information, and of course a picture and fingerprints of your child.

It is recommended to get a new identification card each year as your child grows and when family information changes. More than three hundred thousand children are reported missing every year. Protect Your child today by getting a professional and informative identification card made.


NRA’s “Eddie Eagle” Gun Safety Program

Eddie Eagle offers a Gun Safety Program
The Eddie Eagle Program is designed for Elementary School children. This short program teaches children what to do if they find a gun. It teaches them to “STOP”, Don’t Touch, Leave the Area and to tell an adult.


Home Safety Tips

Home Safety Tips

  • The best tools to stop crime are your eyes! Please call 911 or (704)878-3100 immediately if you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood!
  • Many burglars will spend no more than 60 seconds attempting to break into a home. Make sure every external door has sturdy, well-installed deadbolt locks.
  • Sliding glass doors offer easy access if not properly secured. You can secure them by installing commercially available locks or by putting a broomstick or wooden dowel in the inside track to prevent the door from sliding.
  • Never hide house keys under the door mat or a rock that is near your door. Most burglars know this trick. Instead give an extra key to a trusted neighbor.
  • When you move into a new house or apartment, have a competent locksmith re-key or replace the locks.
  • All outside doors to your home should be metal or solid wood.
  • Install a peephole in all entry doors so you can see who is outside without opening the door.
  • Don't use door chains; they break easily and don't keep intruders out.
  • Prune back shrubbery and trees as to not obscure windows and doors.
  • Install outdoor floodlights or motion-sensor lights to eliminate any areas where someone might hide on or around your property.
  • When you go out of town, give your house that "lived-in look" by putting a few of your lights on timers. Also, stop your mail and newspaper delivery or have a trusted neighbor pick it up for you.
  • While driving, lock your doors and roll up your windows. Park in a well-lit area and keep all valuables out of sight and in the trunk.
  • While walking, avoid isolated areas. Walk confidently and with another person if possible. Don't carry a lot of cash and avoid wearing anything that would attract unwanted attention like expensive furs or jewelry.
  • When answering the door, never let a stranger in for any reason.
  • Always ask service people for identification before letting them in your house. You may want to contact the company they represent to verify their identity.
  • Never, ever pick up hitchhikers.
  • Beware of a stranger who approaches you with a "great" business opportunity. If it sounds to good to be true, it usually is.
  • Don't leave anything, such as ladders or tools, lying around that can be used to break into your home.
  • If you are a female and you live alone, don't advertise it by putting "Miss Jane Doe" on your doorbell or mailbox. Just put the initial of your first name and your last name, "J. Doe".
  • Mark all your valuables with your license number.
  • Never leave your keys in your car for any reason.
  • Never leave your car doors unlocked.
  • If possible, choose a parking lot with an attendant.
  • Write down and report to the police license numbers on vehicles used by suspicious persons in your neighborhood.
  • Remove any identification from your personal key ring.
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to watch your home while you are away.
  • Be aware of your surroundings - know who's out there and what's going on.
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation or place makes your feel uncomfortable or uneasy, leave.


Business Crime Prevention

Bad Checks  

A check is not cash, but an "IOU" or promise that cash will be paid upon presentation of the check at the writer's bank. A check is bad when it cannot be redeemed for cash. 

Establish a firm check-cashing policy and post it where it can be easily read by customers and referred to by employees. This policy should specify your acceptance criteria concerning the following information: 

Amount of Check Limit the amount for which a check may be written or limit it to the amount of purchase; require management approval for any check written in excess of a set dollar amount. 

Two-Party Checks Two-party checks have a higher incidence of unreliability and can be more difficult to collect.

Local vs. Out-of-State Checks Local check writers are easier to contact for collection. North Carolina courts cannot prosecute out-of-state check writers unless they can be contacted within our state. 

Identification The primary identification for collection purposes is a driver's license or special identification card issued by the state.

Other Limits Specify any other limits so they will be clearly understood by customers and employees. 

Returned Check Fee Collect a returned check processing fee of up to $20.00. All checks should accurately reflect the name, address (mailing & physical), driver's license or valid identification number, and home and work phone numbers of the check writer. If this information is not accurately recorded on the check, the employee should write it clearly on the check. The following items should also be considered when accepting a check: 

Make sure name, picture (or description), and signature match the check writer's identification; 

written and numerical amounts agree; 

correct date (not postdated);

any erasures, alterations, or abnormalities;

low check number (new accounts can be less reliable); 

local vs. Out-of-state (use extra caution when accepting an out-of-state check. The writer should be a NC resident in case he needs to be contacted for collection). 

Counterfeit Bills 

The three basic types of counterfeit bills are: 

  1. Low denomination bills altered to appear higher (corners of large bills glued to small bills)
  2. Photocopies of authentic bills , and
  3. Printed counterfeit bills.

Inspect all bills, especially larger ones, for appropriate portraits. 

Compare them to known bills of the same denomination.

Look for differences, not similarities.

Counterfeits will be less detailed 

have a flat appearance appear washed out 

Authentic bills are always printed on safety paper with fine red and blue hair-like fibers imbedded in them Do not be fooled by colored lines printed on paper.

Credit Card Fraud

Many people use credit cards as their preferred method of payment. Unfortunately, the use of stolen or forged credit cards is also a popular tactic among crooks. You and your employees should follow the strict acceptance procedures set by each credit card company. Keep the following points in mind to further reduce your chances for loss. 

Keep a copy of credit card agreements on file so they can be easily retrieved. 

Post a procedural guide for credit card transactions next to the register.

Install a telephone at the register; post authorization numbers nearby.

If uneasy about a transaction, call the credit card company and ask their security personnel for advice before completing the transaction. 

Do not return the card until they instruct you to do so.

Have employees initial credit transactions in the event of a discrepancy. 

Protect yourself and your customers by keeping credit card transactions confidential. Give charge slip carbons directly to the customer or have them destroyed immediately by personnel. Thieves can obtain names and numbers from the trash and use them for fraudulent mail or phone order scams.

Charge-backs can occur if a cardholder disputes any charges, especially in mail or phone orders. 

Special precautionary guidelines are available from each credit card company. Stay on the alert for merchants, typically telemarketers, who ask you to deposit their sales drafts. When a licensed business owner or employee runs the sales drafts for another business, the process is known as "factoring." Factoring is strictly prohibited in North Carolina. Chances are you will never be approached with such a proposition. If you are, contact your bank immediately. If you become involved in factoring, you will be held responsible for all financial losses, and if fraud is involved you will face criminal prosecution. 

Employee Theft 

is an illegal act (i.e. stealing cash, goods, equipment, supplies, time, services, etc.) committed by a business employee against his employer. About 80 percent of all crime-related losses are due to employee theft. The following guidelines may reduce the risk of your business. 

Monitor cash register activities to ensure proper operation. Do not allow employees to handle any transactions or sales to themselves, close friends, or family.

Monitor business activity and income patterns over time to see if income has dropped during any particular situation.

Use a shopping service or a trusted outside person to pose as a customer to find weaknesses in your operation. 

Separate operations from accounting; double check all transactions. 

Keep an accurate inventory system and have it checked regularly by someone other than the person responsible for it.

Keep accurate records on movements of cash and goods from the time they enter your business until they leave. 

Establish a very clear employee discount and fringe benefit policy. 

Limit access to valuables; use strict key control for access to business premises, store rooms, and display areas. Employees' personal belongings should be stored in a safe place with limited access, away from concealable merchandise.

Search trash regularly to prevent goods from being carried out with it; flatten boxes to eliminate possible hiding places for merchandise.

Limit the number of exits and monitor employees to make it difficult to carry merchandise out without your knowledge. 

Lock screens over outside openings through which goods can be passed. 

Have employees park away from the building to reduce access to personal vehicles where goods may be hidden.

Sign all tools and equipment in and out.

Reward employees who discover and report security problems.

Deal with dishonesty swiftly, firmly, and visibly: rules mean little if not enforced!

Install security cameras 

Fraud and Con Games  

have been around for many years; they constantly change their tactics to deceive individuals who are attracted by what sounds like a good deal. Every year hundreds of North Carolinians are swindled out of their hard earned money by falling for the seemingly innocent ploys of these con artists. The Crime Prevention Unit offers a program that describes the most common schemes to look out for, and offers steps that individuals can take to avoid being victimized. 

Protect yourself and your money from con-artists by using common sense and by taking a few simple precautions while handling money or bank cards in public: 

Law enforcement officers and bank personnel should never ask you to take money out of your account or ask you to give them your secret ATM code. If they do, tell the bank manager or a police officer you know. 

Never allow anyone to watch while you use your ATM card or code.

Do not be intimidated by a salesman or allow him to talk you into anything.

If a deal or money-making plan cannot wait for you to check it out, pass it up.

Read and understand any contract before you sign it.

Verify door-to-door salesmen with law enforcement or the Better Business Bureau. 

Deal only with local businesses you know. 

Do not enter a contest or accept free gifts or prizes unless you clearly understand all of your obligations.

Never pay for something you did not order or do not want. Simply refuse to accept delivery or make payment.

Buy insurance from someone you know and trust, preferably someone who is local and has an excellent reputation. Buy only what you need and can afford. 

Never give credit card numbers over the telephone unless you initiate the action with a reputable company. In the wrong hands, your credit card number can be used fraudulently against you.

No one is immune to the schemes of the sophisticated con artist. Your best defense is to be suspicious of anyone offering you a "great" deal and to deal only with local businesses you know well. Always remember "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!" (Technical assistance and materials available.) 

Robbery Prevention 

Robbery occurs less often than other business crimes, but the potential for loss, injury, and death is much greater from a single incident. 

Employees should be trained to protect themselves and the business by reporting any suspicious person or activity immediately, and by making notes for future reference. 

Security-related training should be on a need to know basis only.

Caution employees against divulging security information to anyone who has not been cleared by you. 

Keep employees away from the register when not in use. 

They should stay busy keeping your business neat and clean. 

Every person who enters the store should be acknowledged and greeted in a friendly manner. The presence of alert, efficient, and capable employees will discourage a thief. 

Maximize visibility into and out of transaction areas by keeping windows clear, keep your business interior and exterior well-lit, and install security cameras at all exits

Keep a small amount of cash on hand and use a drop safe (which cannot be opened by employees on duty) for large bills and excess cash. Place notice of this fact, along with a robbery awareness poster, where any would-be robber will see them.

Make deposits at the bank often each day, and at different times. Carry deposits inconspicuously inside your clothing. Ask about a police escort

Use a staggered method of opening and closing

While one employee enters the premises and determines it is safe, a second monitors from a safe distance outside. When signaled, the second employee is let in by the first. A similar procedure should be used at closing.

Control entry to your business at all times. Everyone, including delivery men and employees, should enter through a monitored entrance. Keep all other doors locked.

Do not allow customers or non-employees inside after hours. Be especially wary of anyone seeking entry before opening or after closing. Beware of emergency calls or attempts to get you to your business outside of regular hours. 

Do not work alone. Leave a radio or television playing in a back room to give the impression that someone else is present. 

Put height markers on door trim to aid in descriptions.

Make your address easily visible to emergency units.

Ask local law enforcement what actions you should take as they respond to your location for a robbery in progress.

If You Are Robbed -- REMEMBER Do not resist Obey the robber's instructions. Observe the suspect for later description. Call local law enforcement as soon as possible.

Violence in the Workplace 

How to Create a Safe Workplace

Is It a Serious Problem?

What Can Be Done to Prevent Workplace Violence?

What are the Warning Signs? 

What are the Costs to Your and Your Employer?

Who Do You Contact?

There are five categories of workplace violence, each having its own unique set of motivating factors: 

robbery and other commercial crimes; 

domestic and misdirected affection cases; 

employer-directed violence;

situations involving law enforcement or security officers; 

terrorism or hate crimes

According to the Department of Justice, 1 in 6 violent crimes occur in the workplace. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "murder" is the leading cause of death for women on the job - more than from any other source of occupational injury. In 1992, workplace homicides were the leading cause of job-related deaths. 

What Can Be Done to Prevent Workplace Violence? The best deterrent to workplace violence is to conduct adequate screening and not hire employees with a history of violent behavior. Employers should establish a zero tolerance policy for threatening or engaging in violent behavior, providing for employee disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. Supervisors and employees should be trained to look for "red flags" or warning signs identifying emotionally upset workers. An employee assistance program should be provided for counseling and referral. A crisis management or threat assessment team should be developed to evaluate incidents and provide a mechanism for employees to report threatening situations. Access control should be exercised to limit the traffic flow and the number of non-employees in the workplace. A violence reaction plan should be developed that includes emergency aid and post-incident response measures. 

What are the Warning Signs? 
Overreaction by the employee or customer to changes in existing policies, or adoption of new one. 

Burglary Prevention 

Burglary Physical security constitutes 90 percent of burglary prevention. If your building is locked and unauthorized entry is made difficult, time consuming, and conspicuous, chances of a successful burglary are minimized. 

Locks on all outside entrances and inside security doors should be double-cylinder deadbolts with movable collars.

They should be recessed into the door and should have at least a one-inch throw containing a hardened steel insert protected by a latch guard.

Padlocks should be made of hardened steel and mounted on bolted hasps. Keep them locked to prevent exchange. File off serial numbers to prevent new keys being made.

Entry doors should be of solid construction, metal-lined, and secured with heavy metal crossbars.

Door jams must be solid. Exposed hinges should be pinned to prevent removal.

Windows should have secure locks and burglar-resistant glass. Use heavy metal grates on all windows, except possibly display windows.

Good visibility should be maintained through windows; expensive items should be removed from displays before closing.

Lights must provide optimum visibility inside and out, with vandal-proof covers over the outside lights and power source. 

The perimeter must be well-lit, especially around all entry points.

Alarm systems should be supplied by a licensed alarm company with a central monitoring station. Check the system on a daily basis. Advertise its presence to deter break-ins.

The cash register should be in plain view from outside so it can be easily monitored. Leave the drawer open when empty or not in use.

Safes should be fire-proof, burglar resistant, anchored securely, and in plain view. Leave them open when empty, and use them to lock up valuables when the business is closed.

Change combinations when anyone with safe access leaves your employment.

Maintain good visibility. Landscaping, boxes, and trash bins near the building can give a criminal cover or access to the roof.

Check your building exterior (roof, cellar, walls, etc.); secure all openings larger than 12x12. 

Perimeter fences should keep intruders out and allow good visibility of your business by neighbors and police. Alarms on fences can give you additional protection. Guard dogs inside fences are also effective in deterring unauthorized entry.

Your NCDL or Social Security number should be engraved, and Operation ID stickers displayed, on enticing objects.

Keep accurate records of serial numbers on all items to help in recovery.

Tightly anchor all equipment/merchandise to a secure base to delay the efforts of a burglar.

A closing security check should include the entire interior of your business so you do not lock an aspiring burglar inside. Check the exterior to make sure that there have been no security breaches.


Shoplifting Prevention

Preventive Measures

  • Keep shelves and displays low and aisles clear to increase visibility.
  • Install annunciators on all unlocked doors.
  • Provide adequate lighting and eliminate blind spots.
  • Where appropriate, utilize security staff, convex mirrors, CCTV, electronic sensors, cables, tags, locks and chains.
  • Make it difficult to steal merchandise. Bolt racks down; alternate the direction of hangers on the racks, tie appliance cords together; lock small valuable items in cabinets and keep other valuables away from store exits.
  • Limit the number of items allowed into dressing rooms.
  • Post signs warning that shoplifters will be prosecuted.
  • Encourage employees to greet customers as they enter the store. One phrase every shoplifter hates to hear is "Can I help you?"
  • Maintain a neat, orderly store with tight inventory controls.
  • Develop a store policy and provide training for shoplifting incidents.
  • Be knowledgeable of the shoplifting laws in North Carolina.
  • NCGS 14-72.1 Concealment of Merchandise in mercantile establishments.                     
  • A person is guilty of this offense:
  • Willfully conceals goods or merchandise of a store
  • Without authority
  • Without having purchased the goods or merchandise
  • While still on the premises of the store.

Red Flags - Shoplifter Traits

  • Nervousness or unusual actions of any kind.
  • Aimlessly walking up and down aisles.
  • In store longer than usual, loitering.
  • Handling many items of merchandise.
  • Dropping articles on the floor.
  • Concealing merchandise in any way.
  • Asking numerous questions or refusing the clerks help.
  • Looking into surveillance mirrors at the sales clerk or other customers instead of the merchandise.


5 Common Shoplifting Situations

  1. When an employee is suspicious of someone.
  2. When an employee thinks someone shoplifted but is not 100% sure.
  3. When an employee actually sees someone shoplift.
  4. When another employee reports an incident.
  5. When a customer reports an incident.

In all 5 situations, the basic employee response should be the same. Acknowledge the customer and make a statement.


Examples of employee statements include:

  • "I saw you looking at the (item). Did you find what you wanted?"
  • "The (item) you selected is a great buy."
  • "Is that (item) for you or is it a gift?"
  • Will that (item) be cash or charge?"
  • That (item) you selected should go on sale soon."

When you are suspicious of a customer's intent, ask if you can help them find something. If they respond "No, I'm just looking", tell them to just nod if they need'll be watching. That's just what a shoplifter does not want. You will find providing good customer service goes hand in hand with shoplifting prevention.

Some shoplifters will fail to respond to your statements and exit with the stolen item(s). Allow them to leave the store unless the store employee is trained in detaining and apprehending shoplifters. Personal safety should always take priority over retrieving property or detaining a shoplifter. Report the crime to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office by calling 911 or (704) 878-3100.



Home Security

Burglary Prevention 

Physical security constitutes 90 percent of burglary prevention. If your home is locked and unauthorized entry is made difficult, time consuming, and conspicuous, chances of a successful burglary are minimized. 

Locks on all outside entrances should be double-cylinder deadbolts with movable collars.

Door jams must be solid. Exposed hinges should be pinned to prevent removal.

Windows should have secure locks and should stay locked.

Lights must provide optimum visibility inside and out, with vandal-proof covers over the outside lights and power source. 

The perimeter must be well-lit, especially around all entry points.

Alarm systems should be supplied by a licensed alarm company with a central monitoring station.

Your NCDL or Social Security number should be engraved on enticing objects.

Keep accurate records of serial numbers on all items to help in recovery.

Home Security Tips 

Often, an intruder will be deterred from entering your home if you make it a noisy, difficult, time-consuming, and highly visible task. 

When away, try to make your home look as if it is occupied. Leave lights and a radio on.

Have a friend or neighbor get your mail and newspaper, or cut the grass if needed.

Be creative when hiding your valuables; burglars often go straight to the bedroom to look under mattresses, in bedside stands, and in closets for money and jewelry.

Be a nosy neighbor by reporting any suspicious activity.

Vehicle Theft 

Auto Theft is big business and the "pros" can enter and steal a car within seconds. By following a few common rules when using your automobile, you can greatly reduce your chance of becoming a victim of theft. 

Always lock your vehicle;

Park in well-lit, populated areas that are easily observed by passers-by;

Never leave the keys inside your car or the engine running unattended;

Engrave audio and phone equipment with your NCDL or ID number;

Always lock valuables in the trunk; never leave them in plain view.

In the event of an auto theft, have a thorough description of your vehicle (including serial and license plate numbers) ready for the deputies. Report the stolen vehicle as soon as possible! 

Bicycle Theft

In order to deter a potential thief, a bicycle should have its owner's NCDL or other ID number engraved on its frame. This number, along with the bicycle's serial number and description, should be recorded and kept on hand for police in case of a theft. A few proactive steps can also be taken to increase the security of your bicycle. 

Never leave your bicycle unattended.

Always store your bicycle in a safe place.

If you cannot store your bike inside, secure it from theft with a good chain and lock.

Avoid leaving even a locked bicycle in a public area overnight.

Do not leave detachable items unsecured on your bicycle. If you have a pouch for carrying money and small items attached to your seat, empty it or take it with you.



Personal Safety

Personal Security 

The most important tool in crime prevention is your mind. When used effectively and coupled with a confidant attitude and keen awareness, you can avoid dangerous confrontations with potential assailants. This will decrease your chances of becoming a victim. Conversely, a timid or fearful demeanor signals a would-be assailant that you are an easy target. Make it a habit to protect yourself from harm by using common sense and a few standard security devices. But remember, even the most expensive security devices will not keep you safe if you do not use them. 

Here are some tips to reduce your chance of being victimized: 

Answer doors and phones so a potential burglar will know your home is occupied.

Never tell a caller you are alone; give the impression that someone is with you.

Look through the peephole to see who is outside the door. Never open it to anyone you do not know and trust.

Verify repairmen with their dispatchers before allowing them inside; have a friend with you or have them call you several times; make these precautions obvious.

If someone you do not know asks to make an emergency phone call, do not open the door; make the call for them.

Children are less cautious; be careful about letting them answer the door or phone at an early age.

If you think that a forced entry has been made, do not go inside! Go to a safe place and call 911!

Plan escape routes and keep emergency numbers posted by your phones.

In apartment complexes, be cautious of laundry rooms, parking lots, and isolated areas; insist that they be well-lit; use them only when accompanied by a trusted friend or neighbor.

Consider installing a Caller-ID system to your existing phone line. 

Never give out information about yourself or where you live.

Do not indicate on your mailbox or in the phone directory that you are a female or living alone.

If you are confronted and must yell for help, yell "Fire!" This phrase gets the best response from bystanders. Break glass or blow a car horn -- anything to bring attention to your plight.

There is strength in numbers. Join with neighbors to start an effective Community Watch in your community.

Never carry large sums of money.

Carry your purse firmly near your body.

Avoid flashing money or expensive jewelry.

Avoid being in isolated areas where an assailant can easily attack you without being witnessed.

If confronted in an assaultive manner, remove yourself from the situation ASAP and notify the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.

If you are the target of an armed robbery, give the robber what he wants and seek safety immediately. Remember, material possessions can be replaced; your life cannot!

Sexual Assault / Date Rape 

Most sexual assaults occur in the victim's home and the assailant is usually someone the victim knows. The Crime Prevention Unit provides printed materials and conducts seminars for law enforcement agencies, rape crisis centers, and other advocacy groups on sexual assault prevention. Secret Crisis, a video profile of three sexual offenders serving time in a NC prison, is also available. 

Date/Acquaintance Rape
This program wonderfully illustrates the precautions young people should take when dating. A video, When I Say "No," It's Rape, and a brochure on date rape, For Teens and Parents, are available from the division. Sexual assault by strangers occurs less often than sexual assault by acquaintances. We naturally treat strangers with caution; we are much less likely to trust them and allow ourselves to be isolated with them. A good rule to follow is to treat everyone as you would a stranger until there trust is earned. Over one-half of all reported sexual assaults occur in a residence -- usually the victim's. Over one-half of all reported sexual assaults involve an attack by a friend or acquaintance of the victim. 

Here are some basic preventative strategies that women should exercise to make themselves less vulnerable to sexual assault while dating. 

Know your date.

If you don't know him well, stay in public, populated areas.

Tell someone you trust where you are going and when you expect to return. Make this obvious to your date.

You do not have to accept unwanted sexual attention. You have the right to set your own limits and change these limits over time or with different people.

Communicate clearly what you want and what your limits are

Be assertive. Act immediately when something happens that you do not like.

Trust your feelings. If you feel pressured or uneasy, examine the relationship closely.

Be aware of anyone who is domineering or manipulative, who attempts to impose his will on you, or who shows a lack of respect for your feelings.

Limit your use of alcohol and drugs. They reduce your ability to think clearly and make sound decisions.

Substance Abuse 

At some point in their parenting years, every mother or father will fear that their son or daughter may be abusing drugs or alcohol. Listed below are some steps that parents can take to help set limits in their household concerning drug and alcohol use. 

Set a good example: Do not abuse alcohol or drugs. Do not allow friends or relatives who abuse drugs or alcohol into your home.

Establish good communication: Be open, honest, non-judgmental, and non-threatening when communicating with your children.

Set limits. Let your children know exactly what is and is not acceptable to you.

Do not ignore the problem.

Teach your children that drugs are dangerous and expensive.

Know the signs of drug abuse; be willing to recognize and acknowledge them.

Be vigilant.

Prepare children to make hard decisions. Teach them to say "NO!"

Let them know that they can come to you when frightened, apprehensive, or in need of help.

Trouble Signs The following may indicate the presence of a substance abuse problem: 

Change in behavior, attitude, opinions, friends, or drug use;

Mood swings;


Drop in grades; unusual school problems;

Friends with trouble signs;

Drops old friends and adopts new ones;

Doesn't want you to meet new friends;

Unexplained increase or decrease in finances;

Stealing or borrowing money;

Spends time in unusual places (storage room, basement, garage, etc.);

Lack of energy or endurance;

Weight loss or gain;

Drastic change in appearance.

If the Worst Happens... Investigate and confront. Maintain/reopen communications. Focus on specific, suspicious behavior. Do not confront them while you are angry or while they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Do not jump to conclusions; what you suspect may not be fact. Get your family into counseling or therapy. For referrals, call the county public health department. 

Travel Safety 

Outside of the home, the most common place for an assault to occur is in a vehicle or on a highway. A vehicle is an appealing target for attackers because it provides them with two key elements: privacy and mobility. 

Travel, walk, and park in lighted, populated areas.

Remember where you park so you can easily find your car.

Ask for an escort if you feel at risk.

Keep some money hidden in your car for taxis or unexpected problems.

Keep car doors locked and windows up at all times, especially while you are in it.

Have your keys ready so you can enter your car quickly.

Before entering, look in, under, and around the car to ensure that no robbers are awaiting your arrival. If anything seems amiss, do not get in your vehicle! Seek safety and ask for help.

Be cautious of anyone standing near your car or offering assistance if it is disabled. This could be a ploy by a potential attacker waiting for his next victim.

Keep your car in good running condition with at least a quarter tank of gas in it at all times.

Lock gas caps and hood releases to deter sabotage attempts.

Learn to change a flat tire to prevent being stranded. If a flat occurs in an unsafe place, continue driving at a reduced speed until you find a busy, well-lighted place to stop.

If your car breaks down, raise the hood or tie a white cloth to your antenna. Stay in your car with the windows up and doors locked. If someone stops, roll down your window slightly and ask them to call the police or a towing service. Display a large "CALL POLICE" sign if you have one.

Do not assist stranded motorists; call the police to assist them as soon as you can.

You must stop your car if you are summoned by a vehicle with blue lights. If you believe, however, that the vehicle is bogus or that you are in danger, drive to a well-lit occupied area before stopping. Unmarked police cars must flash their blue lights and sound their siren if they summon you to stop after dark.

While stopping at an intersection, leave enough room between your car and the one in front of you so you can get around it if necessary.

If someone tries to enter your car and you cannot move it, honk the horn and scream to attract attention. If someone unexpected enters your car, throw the keys out and exit immediately.

An assailant may cause an accident in order to set up his next victim. If you have an accident in an isolated place, drive to the nearest safe place and call police. Safely inform the other driver of these plans. After you have notified police, meet them back at the accident scene.

Carry a cellular phone with battery pack.

Advise friends or family of your travel plans, i.e. departure time, route, stopping points, estimated arrival time, etc.

Know where you are going, the safest routes, and what time you should arrive; have someone monitor your arrival.



The quickest and most effective way to report a crime or emergency is by dialing
9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY! The longer you wait to call the Sheriff’s Office the greater the chances the suspect will get away!

Here are some guidelines to follow:

  1. When the 9-1-1 operators answers and asks, "Where is your emergency", ALWAYS GIVE THEM THE LOCATION OF THE EMERGENCY (STREET ADDRESS OR BEST POSSIBLE DIRECTIONS). Remember, they will ask you the proper questions. Try not to talk to fast or yell. The 9-1-1 operator will have trouble understanding you if you do. REMAIN CALM!
  2. After you have answered their questions stand by the phone, if possible, in case the 9-1-1 operator needs to call you back for more information.
  3. Once the officer arrives, then tell him or her as much as you know about the incident. The 9-1-1 dispatch only gives the officer the basic information he or she needs, to arrive at the scene in a timely manner. You'll need to provide the rest of the information once the officer arrives.

As the victim or witness to a crime, you can also help by giving deputies an accurate and complete description of the suspect and his/her vehicle. Be prepared to give such a description to the 9-1-1 operator and/or the investigating deputy.

  1. Sex, race and approximate age.
  2. Height (compared to some other person or object near the suspect).
  3. Color of hair and eyes.
  4. Any visible scars or tattoos.
  5. Description of person's clothing.
  6. Any peculiarities of speech, walk, manner of dress, hairstyle.
  7. Vehicle description; license tag number, make; model and color; distinguishing characteristics (dents, missing parts, etc) and direction of travel.

REMEMBER: Anything unusual should be reported to the Sheriff’s Office! DON'T attempt to investigate strange actions or suspects by yourself!!



When you’re going to be absent from home for a few days, ask a neighbor to pick up newspapers or mail, or stop delivery during the period of time you are going to be away from home. Piles of newspapers advertise that no one is at home. You may fill out a Keep Check form and mail or email to the Iredell County Sheriffs Office and we will check your home while you are away.

When you leave home, whether you’re planning to be away for an hour or several days, you can minimize the chance that your home will be broken into and your valuables stolen. Consider the following prevention tips:

  • Deadbolt locks should be used on all external doors. Locks are only good if they are used.
  • Sliding doors should be secured with a sturdy pin to hold them in place or with a sturdy bar to jam the door into place.
  • Double-hung windows should be secured by drilling a nail size hole between the inner and outer frames, and inserting a nail to prevent them from being forced open. A window lock is worthless unless you keep it locked.
  • Never hide a key outside the home. A trustworthy friend or neighbor should keep a key you can use in an emergency.
  • Re-key the locks if you lose a key, or if you move into a new home.
  • All external doors should be constructed of metal or solid wood.
  • Use a wide-angle viewer on external doors to identify visitors before you unlock the door.
  • Use external lighting where possible. A thief will generally avoid a well-lit area.
  • The more visible your house is to passersby or neighbors, the less likely it will be chosen as a target for a break-in. Shrubs should be planted in locations which would not obstruct the view of passersby or neighbors.
  • Create the illusion that someone is home by using electronic timers on lamps or radios.
  • When you’re going to be absent from home for a few days, ask a neighbor to pick up newspapers or mail, or stop delivery during the period of time you are going to be away from home. Piles of newspapers advertise that no one is at home.
  • Leave shades and curtains in normal positions while you are absent from home.
  • Don’t advertise that you are going to be away from home for a period of time. Tell only trusted friends or neighbors.
  • Record a list of all items of value in your home with descriptions and serial numbers, and keep this list in a safe place (such as in a secure filing cabinet at work, or a safety deposit box. Valuable items should also be photographed, and a video tour of each room detailing valuable items of personal property would be helpful if a problem did occur.
  • Use “owner applied” personal numbers, such as social security numbers on valuables, such as televisions, VCRs, and bicycles.
  • If you decide to have an alarm system installed, shop around for a reliable alarm company.
  • Never leave high value items unsecured outside the home in plain sight, such as riding lawn mowers.
  • Be aware of suspicious traffic and/or persons in your neighborhood. Report any suspicious activity to the local police or sheriff’s office.

Make a List
Record a list of all items of value in your home with descriptions and serial numbers, and keep this list in a safe place (such as in a secure filing cabinet at work, or a safety deposit box. Valuable items should also be photographed, and a video tour of each room detailing valuable items of personal property would be helpful if a problem did occur.

Here's a form you can use:

Personal Property ID Record (PDF format)

Remember, in order for a crime to occur, three elements must be present:
  1. The desire to commit a crime.
  2. The ability to commit a crime.
  3. The opportunity to commit a crime.

If you do all that you can do to eliminate the opportunity for a person to commit a crime by protecting your home using the tips above, you minimize the chances that your home will be broken into.

For further information contact the Crime Prevention Division at the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, (704) 878-3180.





Seniors often worry about crime. The truth is, seniors are victims of crime less often than younger people, but the effect of crime on seniors is often more severe. Additionally, seniors are faced daily with the problems of elder abuse, fraud and crimes in convalescent homes.

Three general rules to promote senior crime prevention are:

  • Stay Alert! Be tuned-in to your surroundings; don't be taken by surprise. Be aware and prepared, even in your own neighborhood.
  • Stand Tall! Walk confidently, don't show fear, don't look like a victim.
  • Trust you instincts! If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave right away and get help if necessary.

These rules will help you develop a "crime prevention" attitude. Also, the following are some specific crime prevention tips that may apply in your lives. These crime prevention tips are meant to protect you, your possessions and your income.

At Home
Never open the door to strangers; always insist on proper identification.
If someone comes to your door with an emergency (for example, a traffic accident or an injury), DON'T LET HIM OR HER IN! Call 9-1-1 for them!


Secure Your Home

  • Use deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. Always keep your doors locked. Have a peephole in the door so you can see a caller without opening it.
  • Don't rely on security chains; a determined assailant can easily break them.
  • Protect windows and other points of entry with good locks or other security devices (such as a length of wooden doweling placed in a track to prevent a window or sliding glass door from opening). Mark and record your personal property.
  • When you go out, make your home sound and appear occupied by using an automatic timer to turn on interior lights and a radio. Keep the outside premises well lit at night.
  • Do not leave your key under the mat or in a flowerpot. Use outdoor lighting, shrubbery and fencing to help secure your home.
  • Consider electronic surveillance systems, alarm systems and/or a dog to enhance your home security. Consult with your Area Senior Lead Officer for personalized home security tips.

If you’re suspicious, call the Iredell County Sheriff's Office (704-878-3100) Better Business Bureau of the Southern Piedmont (1-877-317-7236) or National Consumers League Fraud Information Center (1-800-876-7060). Con artists count on the reluctance of their victims to acknowledge they have been tricked. Don't delay, report them right away. If you never report the incident, con artists will cheat again and again.


 In Your Car

  • Know where you are going and how to get there;
  • Maintain your vehicle in good working order, with ample gasoline;
  • Plan your trip and take friends along;
  • When possible, travel during daylight hours;
  • Don't enter dark parking lots or deserted garages;
  • Leave only your ignition key with parking attendant;
  • Let someone know where you are going and your planned return time;
  • When driving, lock your doors and windows; lockup when you leave;
  • If you suspect someone is following you, drive to the nearest public place; and
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.


Using Automated Teller Machines (ATM)

  • Go inside your bank ;
  • Go during daylight hours;
  • Choose a busy ATM location;
  • Take a friend with you;
  • Preplan your transaction;
  • Put your money away quickly;
  • Don't flash your cash;
  • If someone offers to let you go ahead of him or her at the ATM machine, decline and leave;
  • If someone approaches your car at the drive through ATM, roll up your window and leave;
  • If you begin to feel uncomfortable during a transaction, press CANCEL, get your card, and leave; and
  • If possible, arrange for incoming checks to be deposited directly into your bank account.


If You Are a Victim of a Crime

  • Don't resist;
  • Never pursue your attacker;
  • Call the police. Dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency; and
  • REPORT CRIME! You may have money returned and prevent further theft from yourself and others!


Protect Your Income

  • Be sure the person who handles your money can be trusted;
  • Take the greatest care when signing any loan contracts;
  • Understand completely what you are getting into; and
  • If you are not totally confident in the transaction, DON'T SIGN ANYTHING! Wait and talk it over with someone you trust.


Fraud and Con-Games
If you are offered a deal that sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Most people think they could not be tricked, fooled or conned into handing over money for fraudulent deals. But it happens often. Con artists are experts in human psychology and behavior.
They know how to gain your confidence with smooth talk and a self-assured manner. High-pressure sales are another ploy used by con artists. You can't recognize a con artist by the way someone looks or dresses, but you can be on the alert for con artists and consumer frauds.

Telemarketing is a common method of stealing from senior citizens. Telephone fraud con artists spend a lot of time "polishing" their lines for enticing seniors to buy. Here are some tips that can alert you to Telemarketing scams:

  • You must act now!
  • You've won a "free" gift or vacation.
  • Pay only postage and handling.
  • You must send money, give a credit card number, a bank account number or have a check picked up by a carrier before you have a chance to carefully consider the offer.
  • You don't need to research their company with anyone, including a lawyer, accountant, Better Business Bureau or other consumer protection agency.
  • You don't need written information about their company or references.
  • You can't afford to miss this "high profit, no risk" offer.

REMEMBER! The most successful con games are old schemes with new twists. There are many schemes and variations to the same scheme. If you hear these or similar lines, investigate further.


Elder Abuse
Elder abuse crosses all social, economic and ethnic lines. Any elderly person can become a victim. It is important to become aware of the possibility of elder abuse and recognize signs that might suggest its occurrence. Knowing what to look for and who to contact, if you suspect abuse, will help in correcting the situation. This awareness will enable you to help yourself, friends or family members who may be in trouble.

Fortunately, not all older persons experience this type of treatment. Nevertheless, elder abuse is a frightening and real issue. By being alert to situations that could lead to abuse of an elderly person, you may be able to prevent a serious injury or save a life.

  • Look for any unusual unexplained bumps, bruises or cuts;
  • Look for unusual changes in behavior;
  • If you don't hear from elderly friends for several days stop by and check on them;
  • Be alert of salesmen at elderly friends' homes. If elderly friends tell you about someone inappropriately spending their money, report it to the police; and
  • Notice if elderly friends' homes are unusually unkempt or filthy; notice if they begin to look malnourished; or if they are not receiving proper medication. If necessary, notify the proper authority.

If elder abuse is suspected, contact the following :

  • Iredell County Sheriff’s Office – 704-878-3100 (24hrs)


Convalescent Home Crimes
With an increase of elderly community members, due to the baby boomers and a longer lifespan, there will be a greater need for long-term care. This will include a need for convalescent homes, at-home care and adult day cares. The following crime prevention tips are provided to assist seniors, their relatives and friends in making sure our elderly community members don’t become victims.
Often convalescent home crimes and related quality of life issues go unreported. These crimes and issues usually go unreported because:

  • Seniors fear retaliation for reporting crimes by their caretakers.
  • Seniors may think that no one cares about them or what happens to them.
  • They may think that the crimes committed against them are just a fact of life and there is nothing that can be done to change it.
  • Seniors may be embarrassed to tell their family or friends what has been done to them because of what their family or friends might think. Seniors may be ashamed to ask their family or friends for assistance.
  • Convalescent home employees, who become aware or witness crimes in the home, may not report these crimes, fearing retaliation from their employer.


Crimes in Convalescent Homes
There are several types of crimes that can occur. These crimes can range from physical abuse, criminal neglect, sexual assault, emotional, psychological abuse or financial abuse. It’s hard to believe that such crimes can occur against seniors but these abuses are a harsh reality. It must be pointed out that many seniors are as vulnerable as small children are. The following is a list of possible signs of abuse and neglect.


Physical Abuse

  • Rough handling or grabbing
  • Hitting or slapping
  • Dragging the patient by the arms or hair
  • The lack of physical activity



  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Bed sores
  • Rashes, sores, lice
  • Untreated medical condition
  • Over or under medicated


Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is when a senior is forced, manipulated, or coerced into unwanted sexual activity, or the senior lacks the ability to consent to any sexual activity. Family members, staff members of homes or a stranger can initiate sexual assault.

  • Rape
  • Sodomy
  • Or sexual battery


Emotional/Psychological Abuse

  • Verbal threats of punishment
  • Constant harassment
  • Threat of withdrawal of services


Financial Abuse

  • Theft of personal effects
  • Overcharging for services
  • Fraudulent billing for non-services


What to Look for in Selecting a Convalescent Home

  • When choosing a home, look at the surroundings.
  • Check the inside and outside of the home for cleanliness and grounds that are well kept. This can indicate an overall concern by the caretakers for cleanliness.
  • When walking inside smell the air. It should smell clean and fresh not musty or have a high chemical smell.
  • Look at the home’s equipment to make sure it is in good working condition and not outdated. This could indicate the lack of funds to assist in the care or well being of the patients.
  • Talk to employees about the condition of the home and their work environment. Happy employees indicate a high morale that in-turns creates employees that are more concerned about the quality of the job they perform.


We have established a "crime prevention minded" attitude. We have also covered several aspects of everyday life where your safety can be improved. Let your intuition be your guide. Be alert, be safe and enjoy life.



Identity Theft

2What is Identity Theft?
Identity theft is when a subject takes any identifier of another person and uses it for fraudulent purposes. These identifiers include: Birth dates, Social Security Numbers, Credit Card Numbers and other pieces of information that identifies a particular person. Identity theft is the largest form of fraud in the country.


What can be done with this information?
This stolen information is used for many purposes including…

  • Obtain and use credit cards from the victim
  • Use victims credit to purchase items through loans
  • Obtain utilities in the victims name
  • Use victims information to have a "second life"

How will you know if you are a victim?
3You may be notified that you are a victim in several ways. In some cases, credit card companies will contact you for either suspicious activity on your existing accounts or saying that you have not paid a bill for a credit card you have never applied for. In other cases law enforcement may notify you saying that you are a victim. Most identity thieves have numerous victims not just one.

How can you prevent being a victim?
There are several ways that you can help prevent becoming a victim of identity theft. These include…

  • Shred all documents and mail that have your identification before throwing them away. This includes all pre-approved credit card applications, bank statements and bills.
  • Check your credit report at least annually for any suspicious activity.
  • Promptly report all lost or stolen credit cards.
  • Keep your Social Security Card in a secure location and don't carry it with you.
  • Don't give out your information over the phone to callers regardless of who they say they are.
  • Monitor your credit card statements for unauthorized activity.
  • If purchasing items on the Internet, use only secured sites. (Secured means that the transaction is protected by security software.
  • Be aware of when your bills should arrive and notify the businesses if they do not arrive. A common method of obtaining information is by mail theft.
  • Drop all outgoing mail in a secured or locked drop box instead of an open mailbox to prevent it from being stolen.
  • Notify law enforcement IMMEDIATELY if you suspect you are a victim.


What you need to do if you suspect you are a victim?
The moment you suspect that you are a victim of identity theft, you should do the following…

  • Notify your local law enforcement. (704) 878-3100
  • Get a complete credit check on yourself as well as others in your home and tell them you are a victim of identity theft.
  • Notify all of your credit card companies and other debtors of your situation so that they can assist you with maintaining your current bills.
  • Contact the Federal Trade Commission 1-877-IDTHEFT.
  • Contact your local United States Postal Inspection Service. (
  • Contact the Social Security Administration Fraud Hotline 1-800-269-0271.

How can you get your credit report?
Contact one of these three credit bureaus for you full report.

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During each SCA classroom session, a wide variety of topics are discussed: incident response, citizen-police communication, crime issues in our county, crime prevention and many other subjects relating to law enforcement. Division representatives from the Sheriff's Office are available to discuss departmental activities and programs such as crisis negotiations, narcotics traffic management, juvenile services and many others. Students are taken on a tour of the Iredell County Law Enforcement Center, the Iredell County Detention Center, and the Iredell County Courthouse. They are allowed to observe a special training demonstration presented by the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.) and the K-9 Unit. And finally, SCA graduates are given opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol deputy.

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Use of DataDots
DataDots can be quickly and easily applied to almost any item or surface. Recommended, but not limited to are: personal asset items, business asset items, motorcycle parts, automobile parts, watercraft parts, etc.

Placement of DataDots
Please use the following guidelines when applying DataDots to your assets:

  • Areas not exposed to excessive wear, but in low usage or seldom handled areas
  • Do not apply DataDots where it will interfere with any mechanical movements
  • Areas not exposed to excessive road grit, grease, etc.
  • For better viewing of dots, apply dots side by side and not on top of each other or overlapping. Spread Dots out a little with the brush


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