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Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott invites you to join us for “Cops on Top of Doughnut Shops” Wednesday, September 9th to Friday, September 11th, 2015!

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has been a leader in the Special Olympics movement for many years, and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department would love for you to join us as we raise funds to benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics South Carolina -- 100% of monies raised goes directly to our local athletes for training, equipment, and travel.

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015 until September 11, 2015 come on out to Krispy Kreme Doughnut Shops, Columbia, 6614 Garners Ferry Road, also 110 Clemson Road (Clemson Road and I-20), and in Cayce, 1200 Knox Abbott Drive, and Lexington at 5594 A Sunset Boulevard. Law enforcement officers will be joining forces on top of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for 3 full days! Krispy Kreme has been a wonderful partner and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department is proud to be teaming up for such a great cause! Your donations will go directly towards Special Olympics South Carolina.

Sheriff Leon Lott states that Special Olympics South Carolina provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. By participating in sports, physical fitness and healthcare education programs, Special Olympics South Carolina athletes increase self-confidence and social skills, improve physical and motor skills, and have better success in leading more productive and independent lives. For more information please contact Deputy Debo Hayes at 518-6022 or Sue Maner at Special Olympics (772-1555; ext. 304)

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New Year’s Eve message from Sheriff Leon Lott 

The countdown has begun, the New Year is near and Sheriff Leon Lott wants to remind everyone to have a fun but SAFE night. If you’re out drinking, please make sure you designate a driver, use the “Buddy System” and be careful around fireworks. For more tips that you can apply to your night of celebration, visit us at Below is also an informational video from the RCSD Traffic Safety Unit reminding drivers of how to stay safe on the roads. 

Happy New Year to all!  

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Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott asks you to be a part of the Annual BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR Project

Sheriff Leon Lott announced today the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Project HOPE (Helping Our Precious Elderly), has once again teamed up with the Home Instead Senior Care®, Chick-fil-A and Pink Sorbet to provide gifts to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift during this holiday season.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that anyone can stop by beginning Friday, November 28, 2014 and take an ornament from the tree. The Sheriff added that when you return the gift to Chick-fil-A (229 Bush River Road) and Pink Sorbet (2726 Devine Street). Please leave it unwrapped and attach the ornament that displays the senior’s name. Volunteers will then collect the unwrapped gifts, wrap them on December 16th, and deliver the gifts to area seniors on December 17th.

Rene Kilburn, Director of Home Instead Senior Care stated that, “Be a Santa to a Senior gives back to older adults in our area, many of whom have had significant, positive influence on our lives, during this season of giving, we encourage shoppers to buy a little extra to say thank you to these community members.”

For more information about the program, call Rene Kilburn, Home Instead at 803-736-4242 or log on to

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Sheriff Cautions Shoppers, as Black Friday Approaches:

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, in partnership with our business community, would like to encourage you to be safe shopping this holiday season. The Sheriff is asking you to take some extra precautions and follow some tips that will keep you safe. 

Sheriff Leon Lott realizes that the holiday season is fast approaching and that many of you will be out shopping getting into the holiday spirit – kicking off the holiday season with some early morning shopping and some of you shopping in all day marathons on black Friday and the days to follow. Unfortunately we live in a society where not everyone is out spreading holiday cheer. It is with that in mind, that Sheriff Leon Lott and your community businesses want to remind you to be vigilant and alert as you venture out.

Sheriff Leon Lott offers these tips: 

· Be aware of your surroundings, scan the area from time to time 

·  Avoid concentrating so hard on shopping that you fail to keep track of your surroundings, or others near you or your personal property.

·  Be alert in crowded places.

·  Pickpockets favorite places are revolving doors, jammed aisles, elevators, and at public transportation bus stops – make sure your pocketbook/wallet is on your person at all times. 

·  Wear conservative, comfortable clothing.

·  Grip your carried items firmly and avoid leaving them attended.

·  Carry the day’s most expensive purchases closest to your body, and don’t carry so much you lose the ability to react quickly. 

·  Do not leave purchased items visible in the car - leave them in the trunk.

·  Carry minimal cash and valuables, wear minimal jewelry. 

·  Credit cards offer convenience and security, however, keep track of all cards and keep receipts to compare to your monthly statement. 

·  Shop with friends or relatives if possible; there is safety in numbers. 

·  If possible, leave your children with a baby-sitter while you are shopping. If you take your children with you, keep a close eye on them while shopping. 

·  While shopping in the evening hours may be less crowded, there are also additional potential risks involved – park in areas with adequate lighting, again shop with someone rather than alone. 

·  When returning to your vehicle, carry your keys in your hand and be ready to unlock the door and enter as quickly as possible. As you approach your vehicle, scan the area, glance underneath, and take a quick look inside before entering. 

·  Report suspicious people or activity to law enforcement immediately!

Sheriff Leon Lott suggests that you contact the Community Action Team to have them come out and access your business for free and provide information for you and your business. It’s a free service provided by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department – (803) 576-3191 or contact the Richland County Sheriff’s Department at, and Facebook:

Sheriff Leon Lott extends the very best of this Holiday Season from our family to yours!

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Richland County Sheriff’s Department

Home Protection and Travel Safety Tips During The Holiday Season; Let’s Plan Ahead!

Sheriff Leon Lott extends the warmest wishes and the best for this holiday season. During this time of year, Sheriff Leon Lott asks you to stay alert to your surroundings and follow these holiday safety tips for your protection:

Holiday Travel Tips 

As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, families are preparing to go out of town. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott encourages citizens to prepare for traveling to their destination and to safeguard your homes while you are away. Sheriff Leon Lott would ask that you ask someone to collect your mail or newspaper while you are away, ask a neighborhood to place your trash on the curb on collection day and occasionally park a car in the driveway. Sheriff Leon Lott would also emphasize that you let a neighbor or family member know where you are going and when you are expected to return. The Sheriff encourages you to give this individual a key to your home in case of an emergency. Sheriff Leon Lott reminds citizens that you can notify the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, when you are away, so that your home can be placed on special property check by calling (803) 576-3102.

Sheriff Leon Lott also wants citizens to be reminded that your actual traveling safety is important as well.  Sheriff Leon Lott states that when citizens are traveling they should avoid traveling with large amounts of cash; they should carry credit cards or travelers checks.  Sheriff Leon Lott states citizens should make photocopies of all their identification cards in case they are lost or stolen. Do not travel outside your normal travel route; if you need to change your route ask a law enforcement officer for directions or your hotel staff.

Driving Tips 

 Know your route

·       Tell someone the route you are taking and approximate time of arrival or return.

·       Keep your car in good condition with the gas tank at least half full.

·       Park in well-lighted areas and lock your doors, no matter how long you’ll be gone.

·       Put valuables out of sight or in the trunk.

·       Drive with all doors locked and windows rolled up.

·       Never pick up hitchhikers. If your car breaks down, put the hood up, lock the doors, turn on the flashers, and move to the passenger seat. Do not leave your car. If someone stops to help, roll down the window slightly and ask them to call the police or a tow truck.

·       Avoid underground and enclosed garages if possible.

·       When parking or returning to your vehicle, carry your keys and be aware of your surroundings. 

·       NO ONE, including KIDS, CATS, DOGS, or ANY animals should be left alone in a vehicle, even if the temperatures outside seem moderate. One mistake can cost lives and also change lives forever!!!

Hotel Safety
When arriving at the hotel, scan the parking lot and area, trust your instincts. Does the place look well kept and safe? What is your comfort level?

·       Park your vehicle in a well-lit area close to the lobby where you can see your vehicle and occupants.

·       Before getting out of your vehicle, check your surroundings for suspicious people.

·       When leaving your vehicle, put valuables out of sight and be sure to lock it.

·       Memorize your vehicle license information so you don’t have to go back outside.

·       When checking in, make reservations ahead of time to prevent being stranded with no vacancies or unsafe accommodations. 

·       Women traveling along may prefer to sign in using only a first initial and last name. 

·       Register using your business address.

·       When arriving in your room, store valuables in a hotel safe and get receipt instead of leaving them in your vehicle.

·       Don’t enter your room if someone is loitering in the area and watching you. Report this to the front desk immediately.

·       Be sure the locks on your door are working properly.

·       Familiarize yourself with the closest fire evacuation route.

·       Make sure you know how to use the phone in your room and that you can dial out to 9-1-1. 

·       Memorize the name and address of the hotel and your room number. 

·       Use the “peep hole” to identify visitors. Never open the door to strangers. 

·       When going out hang the “do not disturb” sign on the doorknob and leave a light and radio or TV on.

·       Do not enter an elevator if someone inside seems suspicious.

·       Inquire at the front desk about safe places to eat, shop, walk, or jog. Ask for a map of the area. 

Burglary Prevention
General Safety:

·       Do not leave valuables or cash in your car

·       If you must leave items in the car, put them in the trunk. If you have folding rear seats, make sure those are locked also

·       When driving, always lock your doors

·       If you have small children, check to see if your rear vehicle doors have child safety locks and, if so, activate them (Your owner’s manual will give you the specifics)

·       Always let loved ones know where you’re going and how to reach you. It could be as simple as a note on the refrigerator or a message on the answering machine  

·       Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.

·       Trim back shrubbery hiding doors or windows. Cut back tree limbs that could help a thief climb to second story windows

·       Make sure all porches, entrances, and yards are well lighted

·       Maintain the neighborhood. Dark alleys, litter, and rundown areas that attract criminals  

·       Do not hide house keys in mail boxes, planters, or under doormats

·       Do not put personal identification on key rings

·       Leave only your ignition key with mechanics or parking attendants

·       If you lose the keys to your home or move into a new home, change the locks immediately 

Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home – this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. 

·       Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory. 

·       Consider installing a burglar system.

·       Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 911 immediately. 


Remember the three L’s of Crime Prevention: 

Lights, Locks, and the Law! 

Light up your residence

Lock your doors at all times, and call the 

Law when you see something suspicious and put your house on special property check while you’re gone!  


For more holidays safety tips please contact the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Community Action Team at (803) 576-3191 or log on at and our Facebook page at 

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