- Don’t leave personal belongings in vehicles unattended (like GPS, laptops, wallets, etc.).
- Leave outside lights on, and if possible, leave a TV or radio on when you leave. Thieves will sometimes knock to see if someone answers; if no answer, they will break in. Noise inside can help deter this.
- Keep garage doors shut!
- Write down, and keep in a safe place, the serial and model numbers to expensive electronics and items in case they are stolen (TVs, guns, etc.).
- If having packages delivered, make sure someone can retrieve them from porches. Unattended packages tend to disappear.
- When travelling, have someone check your residence or call BCSO to request vacation home checks. Let someone you trust know how long you will be out of town, leave a number where you can be reached and ask them to get mail out of the mail box until you return home. Try not to give indications that no one is home.
- Be mindful of telephone and business scams. Never give personal information over the phone, even if threats of arrests are made. Call local law enforcement if you’re unsure about the call.
- If you have children old enough to be home alone, have a planned escape route and place they can go in case of emergency.
- If you have wrapped gifts under a Christmas tree, try not to have those gifts be visible through a window, especially if no one is home.
- Set home alarms or purchase signs that indicate your house has an alarm.
We’ve received a number of complaints recently about low-flying aircraft in various parts of the county. Local law enforcement has limited authority in aviation matters, especially with aircraft in flight. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the government agency responsible for aviation safety and citizens can make a complaint to them about low-flying aircraft.
How low is too low? Here’s what federal regulations for pilots say:
- Minimum of 1,000 feet over the highest obstacle in the congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons
- Minimum of 500 feet above the surface in uncongested areas and no closer than 500 feet to any person or structure
- Helicopters may be operated at less than the minimums above, which apply to fixed-wing aircraft
- No pilot may operate an aircraft in aerobatic flight over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement; or below an altitude of 1,500 feet above the surface.
Why are helicopters different? The unique characteristics of helicopters give them the ability to make pinpoint landings even during an emergency. Law enforcement and medical helicopters must routinely operate at low altitudes. Power companies are another example – they use very low-flying helicopters to inspect power lines.
What should I do? The FAA will need some facts:
- Can you identify the aircraft? The color of the aircraft will not be enough – try to catch the registration number on the fuselage. On U.S. registered aircraft, that number starts with a capital “N”.
- How high was the aircraft flying? On what are you basing your estimate? Was the aircraft level with or below the elevation of a prominent object? If you can take a picture, that will help.
How do I contact the FAA?
You can contact the FAA’s Cincinnati Flight Standards District Office at:
Phone: (513) 842-9600
Fax: (513) 842-9620
Drug Cases on the Rise
BURN (Butler Undercover Regional Narcotics) is a multi-agency narcotics taskforce hosted by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. The taskforce is designed to use the resources and information of multiple agencies more effectively to combat the growing drug problem in our county.
BURN investigated a total of 542 drug-related cases in 2013. This was a marked increase of nearly 65% over cases investigated in 2012. Similarly, drug arrests were up by about 58% over the previous year.
Drug Investigations, 2012-2013
- Executed over 200 search warrants
- Seized over 2,100 pounds of marijuana
- Seized nearly 4 pounds of heroin
- Seized 47 vehicles from drug dealers
- Seized 16 houses from drug dealers
- Seized over $500,000 of drug dealers’ money
A Tragic Trend
- 2012 Heroin Cases: 59
- 2013 Heroin Cases: 149
- 2012 Heroin Deaths: 33
- 2013 Heroin Deaths: 49
Join the Fight
In 2014, Sheriff Richard K. Jones announced today the availability of TipSoft, a service for citizens to anonymously submit crime-related tips through the web, a text message, or from any Android or iPhone mobile device with the TipSubmit mobile app. The use of this service is part of the agency’s proactive efforts to prevent, reduce and solve crime.
“We need help from citizens to fight crime in Butler County,” Sheriff Jones said. “From food stamp fraud to the apprehension of heroin dealers, many of our investigations start with information we’ve received from neighbors who are tired of crime in their community.”
Sheriff Jones is pleased that his investigators will have another tool to help combat the growing heroin problem. “Too many people are dying from heroin overdoses,” the Sheriff said. “If you have information that can help us catch a dealer and stop the flow of this terrible poison, your tip might just save a life. And if you’re dealing in Butler County, we’re coming for you.”
The Butler County Experience
Heroin dealers are invited to come enjoy the Butler County experience!
Have you been through one of Butler County’s roundabout intersections? They’ve been shown to significantly reduce crashes, but some of you might be unfamiliar with how they work. See bceo.org/traffic and scroll down to the section on roundabouts to see information from our County Engineer. BCEO has also published this informational flyer.
As of November 2013, there are six single-lane modern roundabouts on the Butler County road system. A seventh will be constructed in 2014. There are also several within residential or commercial subdivisions.
These tips come from a publication of the Ohio Department of Transportation:
- Slow Down
- Yield at Entry
- Keep Moving
- Exit the Roundabout