The Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is always looking for ways to keep its citizens and visitors safe. Now the deputies and investigators are urging folks to “Hide, Lock, and Take” your items from your vehicle, meaning: hide your things, lock your car, and take your keys. It is a common sense approach to remind visitors and residents in our county to protect their belongings and prevent themselves from becoming a victim of a crime. The program involves placing signs in parking lots of business in our county and members of the Crime Prevention Unit are willing to speak to businesses and organizations about how this program works.
“Hide, Lock and Take” was started by Texas Auto Burglary & Theft Prevention Authority and the Central Business District (Dallas). The City of Dallas, Texas even adopted a local ordinance requiring all properties with more than 100 parking spaces to place them on their property. In the fast-growing city of Frisco, Texas the signs were first put up in 2007 and a recent analysis by the Frisco Police Department concluded that the holiday season vehicle burglaries in the town’s busy shopping district had dropped 87 percent since the program began.
With the permission of local businesses, the signs would be placed in the parking lot of the business by a member of our Civilian Volunteer Posse unit. The Posse unit member will meet to discuss the number of signs needed and the location of the signs.
It is the hope of the WCSO that businesses will take advantage of this free program and become our partners in crime fighting. If you would like to participate in this crime prevention program, please contact Lt. Danny Garner at 850-892-8186 or [email protected].
Deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) responded to 71 North Avenue, Freeport, on Sunday evening after receiving a call that a subject was planning on killing himself. The subject, Anthony D. Knutson, 50, was involved in a physical domestic altercation in which, according to the victim, Knutson was armed with a gun and told the victim he wanted to “shoot it out with the cops”. Knutson ran out of the house and then chased the victim off with a baseball bat.
Upon arrival on scene, deputies encountered Knutson, who threatened law enforcement, according to the offense report, “If you step foot in my yard, I will blow your brains out.” He then turned and went back into his house. During his time in the home, Knutson was armed. Deputies were able to speak to Knutson in an attempt to calm him down but he did not surrender to law enforcement at that time. Knutson then cranked up a dirt bike in his garage and left the scene. K-9 deputies and correctional officers were deployed to the area and were able to locate Knutson hiding in the woods in the area of east of his residence.
Knutson was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (without intent to kill), Battery, and Resisting an Officer without Violence. He was transported and booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections.
Several members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office met with the Walton High School Anchor Club this past Wednesday afternoon to discuss a program the sheriff’s office is implementing. Project Lifesaver, a program which helps locate those with Alzheimer’s, Down Syndrome, and Autism who are lost, is beginning to take shape in our community. WCSO spoke to the students and explained how the program works. Anchor Club members are eager to assist the sheriff’s office in any way possible. Anchor Club is sponsored by the local DeFuniak Springs Pilot Club.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), along with the Florida Department of Children and Families, came together this morning to show their support in the fight against child abuse during the Bows Across Bridges ceremony. Members of both agencies fought against the wind and rain to tie blue ribbons to the Clyde B Wells bridge. The bridge, which is the gateway between north and south Walton, is now dressed in blue ribbon, symbolically representing how Walton County is bound together in its quest to keep even our youngest citizens safe.