Press Release, December 3, 2007

  • Receive Crime Alerts via Email & Text Message

                In cooperation with Simpsonville-based CRM, Inc., the Pickens County Sheriff's Office has a new method for distributing important crime information to its citizens.
    The LinkingCommunities.com service available though CRM, Inc., helped the Sheriff’s Office create a link on its website that allows citizens to receive alerts by email or cell phone directly from the agency. The alert types can include such topics as recent crimes or those on which particular information is needed, homeland security warnings, requests to be on the lookout for missing or wanted persons, area scams or severe weather warnings, and tips to help minimize the risk of being a crime victim.

                The LinkingCommunities.com service was developed by Frank Condon, owner of CRM, Inc. A former New Hampshire police officer, the idea came to Mr. Condon as part of his work with various neighborhood watch programs. His technical expertise led him to create a convenient, secure, and user-friendly avenue for members of the public to become more connected with their area law enforcement agencies.

                The Pickens County Sheriff's Office is the third law enforcement agency in South Carolina, and the first in Pickens County,, to make use of this technology. As noted by Sheriff C. David Stone, “Anytime one can rapidly get important information to members of the public concerning crime, there is a positive effect. Citizens are the eyes and ears of law enforcement. By increasing their awareness of what is happening in our community, we hope to continue to keep Pickens County a great place to live and work.”

                To receive alerts, Pickens County citizens can visit the Sheriff’s Office website at www.pickenscosheriff.org. Scroll down to and click on the orange “Community Alerts” button located halfway down the page, on the left. On the next page, scroll down and click the first blue link which begins “Click her to register.” The text message alerts are available by both cell phone and email.