15 Mar Shelby County Sheriff Attends IMHA Board Meeting
Samaniego, IMHA President Art Fleet, and Chief Deputy Chris George attended the August 19, 2014 meeting of the Inverness Master Homeowners Association and spoke briefly about the current status of Shelby County and some plans to be implemented under his tenure as Shelby County Sheriff. He said Inverness is a very safe place to live but we all need to be more vigilant — do the “little stuff” like locking vehicle doors, and make sure all doors and windows in homes are locked, especially at night. It was different when we were growing up but those days are past. Being safe is just common sense. A common problem is traveling criminals that move around and focus on vehicles in a neighborhood looking for specific things such as credit cards, guns, laptops and purses, and especially unlocked cars.
DO NOT BECOME A VICTIM. Lock up and hide jewelry, guns and wallets, especially around the holidays. Put packages in the trunk of your car when out shopping. Protect yourself from ID theft – never give personal information to someone who calls you on the phone. If you are a victim of crime, always call and report it. If you see something suspicious, call 911. You can make a report anonymously.
In about 800 square miles of Shelby County there are about 200,000 people, with approximately 60,000 people in this area — Inverness is like a small city. Of twelve patrol beats, five are in the Inverness area; every patrol car is now equipped with radar. Shelby County deputies are well trained, more than is required by law. The Sheriff’s Department is looking forward to building good relationships with Shelby County residents and communities.