Crime Prevention


Crime Prevention Unit

Crime Prevention ImageThe mission of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit is to create an active and involved partnership and provide resources and information to assist in keeping our community, families, and businesses safe. To achieve this, the Crime Prevention Unit offers tools that can be truly be effective in preventing crime.  This requires addressing the causes of crime and reducing opportunities for it to occur.  Prevention is a highly cost-effective alternative to the costs of crime to individuals, neighborhoods, and communities. We believe that by working together, crime can and should be prevented.

Crime Prevention


The Crime Prevention Unit provides services throughout the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County. The Crime Prevention Unit is run by one full time Community Services Officer (CSO).  While normal office hours are Monday - Thursday, 7:00am - 5:00pm, this unit can often be found working weekends and evenings.
 

The Community Services Officer is primarily responsible for coordinating community related events such as: Neighborhood Watch meetings, bike rodeos, Hall of Justice school tours, presentations for children/teens, adults and seniors, and special programs such as Crime Free Multi-housing and Crime Free Business. 

Along with a variety of programs we also provide informational brochures and flyers.


 
For more information please contact Crime Prevention at 707-565-7398 or email CSO Jennifer Abrao at jennifer.abrao@sonoma-county.org

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Rural Crime Prevention And Resources

Rural Crime Task Force ImageDon't let your guard down just because you live in the country.

 

Rural communities have their own unique crime problems - like theft of crops, timber, livestock, and expensive farm equipment. Vandals do more than break mailboxes; they can destroy crops and fields. Invest some time and money in prevention now. What's the payoff? Better security around your property, less worry about crime and your family's safety.

 

Owner Applied Numbers

 

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging Sonoma County residents to participate in the Owner-Applied Number (OAN) program. Due to the widespread concern of increasing rural theft, the OAN program was initiated by the State of California for the identification of farm machinery, equipment, tools, and household goods.  Federal Bureau of Investigation established a system which is composed of ten characters, identifying the state, county, and owner. The coded identification number allows local law enforcement to identify stolen property and contact the owner. OAN’s are stamped on property by metal die stamps, indelible ink, branding iron or electric pencils.
 
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has trained personnel that will come out to your property free of charge and assist you with applying the OAN stamps. Using the OAN program can help deter the criminal before the theft has taken place. It has been proven that thieves are hesitant to take items that can be readily identified.
 
To apply for an Owner-Applied Number please open the OAN brochure below. Complete the application and email as a PDF to Adam Gonzales at agonzales@co.tulare.ca.us. The application will be processed and you will be notified via email when it is complete and given your OAN number.
 
To have a Sheriff’s Office employee come out to your property, please contact CSO Pat Moffitt at 707-565-3940 to make an appointment.  You must have an OAN assigned to you before we will make an appointment.

 

Rural Crimes Task Force

 

Similar to other Sheriff’s Office specialty units, we have a group of staff who are educated and trained in responding to agricultural-related crimes.  The Task Force is comprised of 1 Property Crimes Detective, 3 Deputy Sheriffs and 1 Community Services Officer.  Each participant is available to respond to various levels when a crime occurs, including specific crime prevention tools and techniques. 

For more information on the Rural Crimes Task Force please contact CSO Pat Moffitt at 707-565-3940 or email CSO Moffitt at pat.moffitt@sonoma-county.org.

 

Rural Crime PDF

OAN Information PDF

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Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program

Abandoned Vehicle ImageAbandoned vehicles may be viewed as a quality-of-life problem; they are unsightly, and they symbolize and contribute to signs of disorder and decay. It is believed that issues such as abandoned vehicles invite further crime.

 

The Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program (AVA) was originally implemented by legislation and adopted by the State in 1990. The California Department of Motor Vehicles collects one dollar from each passenger vehicle registered in Sonoma County and three dollars for larger commercial vehicles to fund the Program.
The AVA Program is run by Sheriff’s Office Volunteers in Policing (VIPs). They typically work one day a week, usually on Tuesdays. Vehicles, boats and trailers are reported as abandoned through the AVA hotline at 565-7395. The reporting party is asked to leave a message with as much detailed information as possible. This includes the make, model, color, approximate year, license plate and location of the abandoned vehicle. The VIPs will begin the necessary steps to have the vehicle removed.

 

For more information on the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program, please call 707-565-7395.


AVA-Private Party Parking Flyer PDF

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Graffiti Removal Unit

The County spends thousands of dollars on graffiti abatement every year and that does not include costs paid by victimized private property owners nationwide of dollars are spent annually on graffiti removal.

 

The presence of graffiti in a neighborhood increases residents fears about their safety, reduces property values, signals to criminals that residents do not care about their neighborhood and invites more serious crime. The Sheriff’s Office provides a free service for residents of Sonoma County to abate graffiti.

 

If you have graffiti on your property or you would like to report graffiti, please contact the Graffiti Removal Unit at 707-565-7397.

 

Graffiti PDF

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CRIME PREVENTION PRESENTATIONS

Crime Prevention will provide organizations or groups presentations on a variety of subject matters. Each presentation is varied depending on the age range, topic and time allowance. The Crime Prevention CSO will work with you to tailor each presentation to your specific needs.

 

For example, we speak to children or teens on topics such as personal safety, drugs and alcohol, internet/cell phone safety and bullying; or adults/seniors on topics such as identity theft and home/neighborhood safety.

 

For more information please contact Crime Prevention at 707-565-7398 or email CSO Jennifer Abrao at jennifer.abrao@sonoma-county.org

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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Neighborhood Watch SignAs part of the community, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office plays an important role in keeping the community safe. However, citizen involvement is essential to combat crime. You and your neighbors know what is going on in your community the best. By cooperating with each other and law enforcement, people can help fight crime in their community in the most effective way – before it begins.

 

An active Neighborhood Watch is one of the most successful and least costly crime prevention programs available. Neighborhood Watch is a cooperative effort between the Sheriff’s Office and its citizens and is designed to help reduce residential burglaries and other crimes.

 

A Deputy Sheriff and Community Services Officer will attend your meeting to get you started.

 

You will learn how to:

  • Identify and report suspicious activity
  • Better safeguard your home and property
  • Be prepared in case of emergencies
  • And much more…

 

We will also bring an up to date list of crime statistics for your area and discuss any concerns.

 

Although the Sheriff’s Office provides guidance in organizing and maintaining Neighborhood Watch groups, community volunteers, such as you, actually run the program. That way you can tailor the program to your own neighborhood’s unique character.

 

For more information please contact Crime Prevention at 707-565-7398 or email CSO Jennifer Abrao at jennifer.abrao@sonoma-county.org


Neighborhood Watch PDF
Home Security Booklet PDF
Neighborhood Nuisence- Small Claims PDF
How to Report Suspicious Activities and Persons
PDF

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CRIME FREE MULTI-HOUSING PROGRAM

Crime Free LogoThe Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is a crime prevention program designed to reduce crime, drugs, and gangs on multi-housing properties.
This Program consists of three phases that must be completed under the supervision of the local law enforcement.

  • Phase I- Management Training
  • Phase II- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Survey
  • Phase III- Community Awareness 

 

The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program (CFMH) is successful because it approaches crime on many fronts and by working together, the end result can be a successful reduction of crime and improved quality of life in rental communities.


The anticipated benefits…
Overall better property
Reduced Law Enforcement calls for service
More stable resident base
Reduced exposure to civil liability

 

If you are a rental property owner, manager, or community member and want more information on the CFMH Program, call Crime Prevention at 707-565-7398 or email CSO Jennifer Abrao at jennifer.abrao@sonoma-county.org

 

Crime Free Multi-Housing Brochure PDF

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CRIME FREE BUSINESS PROGRAM

Crime Free Business IogoCrime Free Business was created to reduce crime in and around businesses, provide a safe work environment for employees, customers and employers, and increase the number of customers coming into the business.

 

Crime Free Business gives retail establishments proven strategies to reduce the likelihood of being robbed and to survive robbery if one does occur.


There are three phases to becoming certified as a Crime Free Business:

  • 2-hour training session for business owners and/or managers
  • On-site security evaluation
  • On-site business follow-up

 

Businesses are asked to comply with seven, low-cost measures to reduce their chances of being robbed or a target of other crimes. The 7-step program includes:

 

  1. Employee Training
  2. Cash Management
  3. Lighting
  4. Visibility
  5. Access Control
  6. General Appearance / Facilities Management
  7. Crime Prevention Signage

 

The anticipated benefits…

  • Improved safety and security to business owners and managers, employees and customers
  • Increased customer volume-Participation in the program is good for business
  • One-on-one access to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office
  • Program specifically tailored to the security and safety needs of your business
  • Program materials, including employee training brochures, decals, and employee manual
  • Updated and ongoing information on local crime and crime prevention strategies

 

If you are a business owner, manager, or community member and want more information, call Crime Prevention at 707-565-7398 or email CSO Jennifer Abrao at jennifer.abrao@sonoma-county.org

 

Crime Free Business Brochure PDF

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BIKE RODEOS

Bike Rodeo ImageSonoma County is considered one of the best places in the world for cycling. It has become a popular sport and way of travel. Bicycle injuries and deaths affect children and young people more often than any other age group. Young cyclists are more likely than adult cyclists to die of head injuries, most of which are caused by motor vehicle collisions.

 

Bike Rodeos are a great way to teach kids basic bike safety rules and laws of the road. We also stress the importance of riding defensively and wearing a helmet. A Bike Rodeo typically consists of bike inspections, bike registration, safety talk, helmet fitting and riding a safety course. The Sheriff's Office will help you organize and conduct this fun event.

 

For more information please contact Crime Prevention at 707-565-7398 or email CSO Jennifer Abrao at jennifer.abrao@sonoma-county.org

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Bike Safety pdf

 

SHERIFF’S OFFICE TOURS

Main Office Tours
Upon request we do conduct tours of our Main Office for groups such as Boy/Girl Scouts, school classes and professional associations. To apply for a tour please contact Crime Prevention at 707-565-7398. Your request will be submitted to Sheriff's Office Administration for review and you will be contacted once a decision has been made.

 

Hall of Justice and Main Adult Detention Facility School Tours (For school teachers and administrators)
Here at the Sheriff’s Office we have a unique learning opportunity for students. The Hall of Justice/Jail Tour Program provides students with a first-hand view of the criminal justice system in action. Included in the tour is a short introduction to the Hall of Justice, a visit to a courtroom in session, and a tour of the Main Adult Detention Facility. The program is offered to all students 12 years of age or older in Sonoma County.


Tour dates begin in September and are scheduled every Wednesday throughout the school year, excluding holidays and school breaks. These tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Two adults from your school, one of which must be a teacher/administrator, needs accompany the tour. Attendance is limited to a maximum of (20) twenty students. If this limit is exceeded the tour will be cancelled. If your class consists of more than 20 students we will be happy to schedule different tours for you on separate days.

 

If you have any questions or are interested in scheduling a tour, please contact CSO Abrao in the Crime Prevention Unit at 707-565-7398 or email CSO Jennifer Abrao at jennifer.abrao@sonoma-county.org

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ABC SPECIAL DAILY LICENSES

APPLICATION PROCESSING

Please note that the following guidelines have been put in place by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office to better assure quality control when processing ABC Daily License Applications.
Your applications must be submitted no less than 10 business days prior to the date of the event.

 

Your application must be completely filled out and include the following documents:
Diagram of the location in which alcohol is being served (only applies when location is outdoors).
Synopsis of event.
Conditions of Operations form filled out and signed (provided by the Sheriff's Office).

 

Please do not turn you application in with checks, money orders or envelopes meant for the ABC. We will not send the completed application to ABC for completion.
Please provide the name of the person processing the application along with their phone number in case we need to contact them with questions. Applications will be reviewed and returned within 2 business days of submission.


Options for Submitting Applications to the Sheriff’s Office

 

Applications can be submitted in 3 ways:
Drop off at the Sheriff’s Office Main front desk located at:
2796 Ventura Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Or mail in to the above mention address
Fax in to 707-565-6930 Attention: Jennifer Abrao
(only legible faxes will be accepted)

 

Applications will be returned
by mail, only if a self addressed stamped envelope is supplied
by pick-up at the Sheriff’s Office front desk (M-F 8am-6pm)

 

For questions regarding the process for submitting ABC Daily License Applications please call Crime Prevention at 707-565-7398.

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PRMD SPECIAL/CULTURAL EVENT PERMITS

APPLICATION PROCESSING

Please note that the following guidelines have been put in place by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office to better assure quality control when processing Sonoma County PRMD Special Event/Cultural Event Permits.

 

Your applications must be submitted no less than 14 weeks prior to the date of the event
*PRMD requires permit is submitted no less than 12 weeks prior to the event.
Your application must be completely filled out with the applicants name, event type, activities, date(s) and # of people in attendance.

 

Your application must also include the following documents:
Diagram of the location
Synopsis of event

 

Please provide the name of the person submitting the application along with their phone number in case we need to contact them with questions. Applications will be reviewed and returned within 2 business days of submission unless an issue arises.
Options for Submitting Applications to the Sheriff’s Office

 

Applications can be submitted in 3 ways:
Drop off at the Sheriff’s Office Main front desk located at:
2796 Ventura Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Or mail in to the above mention address
Fax in to 707-565-6930 Attention: Jennifer Abrao
(only legible faxes will be accepted)

 

Applications will be returned
by mail, only if a self addressed stamped envelope is supplied
by pick-up at the Sheriff’s Office front desk (M-F 8am-6pm)

For questions regarding the process for submitting Special Event/Cultural Event Applications please call Crime Prevention at 565-7398.

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Child Safety Seat Installation

Babies are constantly on the move. Parents and caregivers can help keep babies safe when they are in vehicles.   Have your child safety seat properly installed and restrain your baby every time he or she is in a car to help prevent injuries in a crash. With so many different types of seats and vehicles out there today it can be difficult to install a seat so it works correctly in the event of an accident.
Do you need help properly installing your child safety seat?  Community Services Officer Pat Moffitt, can assist you.  To schedule an appointment , please call (707) 565-3940.

 

Prior to your appointment, please print the Child Safety Seat Checklist and complete Sections 1 and 2.  Bring this with you to your appointment along with the car seat, car instruction manual and car seat manual.  Appointments are Monday thru Friday--9:30am, 10:30am and 1:30pm only.

 

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INFORMATIONAL BROCHURES


 

 

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NEWSLETTER

 

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Crime Prevention Links

National Crime Prevention Counsel
ncpc.org

National Neighborhood Watch Institute
nnwi.org

California Attorney General’s Office
oag.ca.org

Federal Trade Commission
FTC.gov

International Crime Free Association
crime-free-association.org

Fair Housing Sonoma County
fhosc.org

Sonoma County 211 Services
211wc.org

California Rural Crime Prevention Task Force
crcptf.org

District Attorney’s Office of Sonoma County

da.sonoma-county.org/


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