The Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association has announced its continued endorsement of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Property Protection Program. Recently, the program reward increased from $2,500 to $5,000.
“Having the support of the sheriffs’ association brings a higher awareness of the program all over the state,” said John Marihugh, Ohio Farm Bureau senior director of partnerships and member services. “We can’t thank the sheriffs’ association enough for its cooperation in this program to help protect our members and their property.”
The $5,000 reward is paid to both Farm Bureau members and nonmembers who provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of someone who committed arson, aggravated burglary, burglary, breaking and entering, criminal damaging or endangering, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, aggravated trespass, theft, vandalism or vehicular vandalism (all as defined in Ohio Revised Code) on a Farm Bureau member’s property.
This list now includes both felonies and certain eligible misdemeanors.
“Endorsing this program is a no brainer for BSSA,” said Allen Solomon, Auglaize County Sheriff and president of the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association. “To have the support of extra eyes in rural Ohio is something we appreciate very much and this incentivizes those who see something suspicious happening on an Ohio Farm Bureau member’s property to take action.”
In order to qualify for the program, a Property Protection Program Reward sign or sticker must be displayed prominently on a Farm Bureau member’s property or vehicle at the time of the offense. While all members are encouraged to display the new reward sign, the $5,000 reward will still be paid on crimes committed on or after Jan. 1, 2020, even when an older version of the sign is displayed.
Farm Bureau members should contact their county Farm Bureau office to obtain new signs.
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