By Cletis Steele, Carbon County Sheriff’s Office
We are now half way through the Dog Days of Summer and the spiking criminal activity in our community is of no surprise. Over the past month, our jail population has ranged from 50-75 inmates and is currently at 71, including 24 females and 47 males. Last Tuesday was a very busy day where 13 individuals were booked into our jail. During these summer months, the majority of offenses have been theft, burglary, assault and possession of controlled substances. Non-compliance with the court system has also been a large factor in our jail bookings.
Even though we live in a great community, we must make sure that we are not setting ourselves up to be victims. Remember to always lock your vehicle, place all valuables out of sight, never post on social network sites that you are going to be out of town and document your valuables by photo. If you are going to be gone for an extended period of time, ask your local law enforcement agency for extra patrol as our family is always willing to help your family.
This summer in Carbon County has been very busy. Every weekend there has been multiple events including the Demolition Derby, Pleasant Valley Days, Energy Days, Greek Festival and Community Daze just to mention a few. We are now getting ready for Pioneer Days in Wellington, International Days in Price and the Carbon County Fair. All of these events have been and will be patrolled by our local law enforcement agencies. So far this year, the feedback about their presence has been very positive.
On August 16, the Price Adult Probation and Parole office hosted a lunch celebrating Probation/Parole and Community Supervision Week. Regional administrator Richard Laursen and his staff put together a great event that was attended by several different agencies within Carbon County.
Each week, citizens of Carbon County are receiving calls from scam artists. In these situations, the caller may advise that they are with a lottery department or a bank and request personal information. The caller may even portray that they work for the IRS or the Department of Defense. Some of these scams are occurring by mail and include a check in your name. Let’s remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it is! Please remember to report all suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency and never release personal information over the phone or to unknown individuals.
Over the past couple of weeks, we have also had several door-to-door sales people in our community selling items like beef, vacuums and cleaning supplies. We have responded to calls where some of these sales people have become aggressive when their product is not purchased. If you encounter any sales people of this nature or any other suspicious activity, please notify Public Safety Dispatch at (435) 637-0890 with a description of the suspicious person including clothing, facial features and vehicle if possible.
The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all of the public safety employees in our area for their continuous unselfish service and dedication to our community. Have a great Pioneer Day Carbon County, be safe and remember if you see something suspicious, report it.