Butler County Sheriff's office has new program

Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer.  Rural Butler County residents now have a way to utilize the same program, thanks to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department.
LOCATE stands for livestock, off-road vehicle, commercial, agricultural, theft, and electronic network, and is a new online neighborhood watch program for rural populations and commercial equipment owners.  Residents can sign up for the free program that will alert residents in certain areas or county wide about thefts or suspicious activities.  Those who sign up will receive emails concerning those activities in their area.  
Tom Gresham, a detective with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department, created the program after learning about the TRACE program in Johnson County.  
“Our program is only 12 days old and we’ve already made a recovery,” Gresham continued, “With a network of law enforcement officers and residents, we have more eyes in the community and better luck in finding stolen items.”
The program does not take the place of 911.  If there is an emergency that requires law enforcement response, call 911.
Those who wish to participate may register at locate@bucoks.com, or by calling 316-322-4257.
Gresham advised that signing up is easy and the program will enable everyone to be more informed and help in crime reduction.