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Crime Prevention & Awareness

Community Crime Map

Clarke County Sheriff's Office partners with LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Residents can learn about crimes in their neighborhoods, and receive notifications when crimes occur. Go to the public crime map at Community Crime Map. Select “VA - Clarke County” from the “Jump to City” dropdown menu on the left side of the site.

Crime Solvers

Winchester-Frederick-Clarke Crime Solvers is a community-based, non-profit organization that works with law enforcement, the media, and communities. Winchester-Frederick-Clarke Crime Solvers staffs a confidential 24-hour hotline and offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to arrests and indictments of individuals wanted for criminal offenses. 

Call Crime Solvers at (540) 665-8477 (TIPS) to share crime-related information anonymously. Callers receive identification numbers and their names are never made public.

Drug Disposal

The Sheriff’s Office has a drug collection unit in the lobby of its office at 100 N. Church St. in Berryville. Access to the collection unit is available 24 hours a day. The drug collection unit helps residents safely dispose of expired or unwanted medications, including controlled substances, that may otherwise be diverted, abused, or contaminate rivers, streams, and the public water supply.

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program launched by the National Sheriffs’ Association in 1972 to encourage residents to look out for each other, work on neighborhood problems, and make the community safer. Clarke County participates in the Neighborhood Watch program, and Clarke County Sheriff's Office provides training and support to those who want to start a Neighborhood Watch group.

Patrol Requests & Property Checks

The Sheriff’s Office offers Property Checks and Extra Patrol Requests. An Extra Patrol Request alerts the Sheriff’s Office to potential issues involving traffic or areas of the county where a resident believes more attention is necessary. A Property Request asks a Sheriff’s Deputy to check on a home or business while the owner is away or the business is closed. Note: Requesting property checks is not an alternative to proactively securing your property to reduce the risk of criminal activity, but this program does offers an additional measure of security.

Security Surveys

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office will provide security surveys to residences and businesses located in Clarke County free of charge. The surveys are intended to provide information that would help deter crime on your property. Even if all of the recommendations by the evaluator are followed there is no guarantee you and your property will not become the victim of a crime. It is the intent of the evaluator to make your property less appealing to a criminal and to make it more difficult for a criminal to successfully commit a crime on your property.

Refuse To Be A Victim

Refuse to be a VictimThe single most important step toward ensuring one’s personal safety is to refuse to be a victim. This means having an overall personal safety strategy in place. The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office staff offers a free Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar that teaches safety tips and techniques to avoid dangerous situations and avoid becoming a victim. Refuse To Be A Victim seminars are taught throughout the year thanks to a partnership between the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, Clarke County Parks and Recreation, and the National Rifle Association. For information, contact Clarke County Parks and Recreation at (540) 955-5140.

Security Surveys of Homes & Businesses

Clarke County Sheriff’s Office staff are available to provide free security surveys of residences and businesses in Clarke County. Security surveys help identify ways to deter crime on a property. Following Sheriff’s Office recommendations does not guarantee that crime will not occur. The intent is to make properties less appealing to criminals and to make it more difficult for crimes to be successfully committed on any property.

VINELink

VINELink is the online version of Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE), the National Victim Notification Network that was created to help victims stay informed about the custody status of their offenders. Crime victims can obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders by using VINE.