For Immediate Release
PR #:1400070
Date Issued:Jul 13, 2014 - 2:29pm

Sheriff's Office launches summer-long campaign to reduce vehicle burglaries at County parks and trailheads

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is intensifying efforts to keep vehicles and valuables safe at County parks and trailheads this summer.

Data from previous years shows a definite increase in vehicle burglaries at parks and trailheads during the busy summer months. In order to reduce those burglaries, the Sheriff’s Office has launched a proactive, summer-long action plan based on the Sheriff's Take ConTRoL campaign.

“People love to head outdoor during the summer months, spending time on the river, on the trails or in our parks,” Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek said. “Our goal is to create an environment where they can enjoy that time without fear of becoming a victim of crime.”

Sheriff investigators identified a total of 54 vehicle burglaries directly related to County parks and trailheads during the summers of 2011, 2012 and 2013. In order to reduce those numbers during the summer of 2014, the Sheriff’s Office developed a strategy that incorporates increased patrols at those parks and trailheads along with public outreach.

“Vehicle burglaries are crimes of opportunity,” Undersheriff Kuzanek said. “Our strategy is to work in partnership with the public to reduce those opportunities – and therefore reduce the crime.”

Sheriff’s Patrol Deputies have increased their daily presence at County parks and trailheads this summer. Deputies are also taking time to talk with park users about vehicle burglary prevention.

Sheriff’s Office Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers will also be at different County parks and trailheads at various times between now and the end of summer, providing park users with vehicle burglary prevention information based on the Take ConTRoL campaign.

In an effort to further increase public awareness, the Sheriff’s Office worked with Silver State Barricade and Sign to create metal signs with the Take ConTRoL tips. Thirty signs have already been installed at two dozen designated parks and trailheads in cooperation with the County’s Community Services Department/Regional Parks and Open Space. An additional 30 signs will be installed during the course of the summer.

The key messages of Take ConTRoL are:

– Clean it Out: remove valuables from your vehicle

T – Take your keys with you. Never leave your car running

R – Report suspicious activity or crimes to the proper authorities as soon as possible

L – Lock your doors every time. Sheriff’s Office statistics show that 75 percent of this year’s vehicle burglaries involved vehicles that were left unlocked

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is nationally recognized for its data driven approach to reducing crime and increasing public safety in Washoe County. Crime statistics are reviewed weekly and used to proactively fight crime in the region and provide the best possible services to the citizens of our community. For more tips on staying safe year round, visit the Staying Safe page at

Anyone who see suspicous activity in any County park or trailhead is encouraged to contact the Washoe County Sheriff's Office immediately at (775) 785-WCSO (9276). 

photo 1:  One of the new Take ConTRoL signs at Washoe County's Mayberry Park

photo 2: CERT Volunteers Sandy Petersen (second from left) and Lee Rhodes (far right) talk about vehicle burglary prevention with park users at the County's Mayberry Park on Sunday, July 13, 2014. CERT volunteers talked with over one hundred people at Mayberry, Dorostkar and Rancho San Rafael parks on Sunday and will continue to visit parks to pass along vehicle burglary prevention tips throughout the summer as part of the Sheriff's Office summer-long Take ConTRoL campaign. 



The Washoe County Sheriff's Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Chuck Allen is the 26th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process and traditional street patrols.

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