Holiday shopping safety

The month before Christmas is a busy time for holiday shopping. This means many people are carrying more cash than normal on them and hiding expensive gifts in vehicles. For thieves, this is a perfect time to grab some high-dollar items. If you’re planning on shopping for bigger gifts, it’s important that you take some […]

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announces promotions and transfers

Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon recently promoted six deputies and transferred another. Kevin Baum, 30, has been promoted to master deputy in patrol. Baum, a resident of Columbia, previously served as a patrol deputy in the department’s west region, which is based near Gilbert. He was appointed to serve as a deputy sheriff in February […]

Getting home from holiday gatherings safely

We’re officially in the holiday season with Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year just over one month apart from each other. During these major holidays, many families, friends and businesses will be hosting parties and events. These are a great way to celebrate with the ones you love, but it’s important to celebrate safely. When […]

Tips for shopping safely, avoiding financial fraud

Food and football will likely be top priorities for many on Thanksgiving, but safety and security should be top of mind for anyone heading out for holiday shopping. “This time of year brings with it concerns for safety and security,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Big crowds and extended store hours create distractions that […]