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.
Pictured above displaying one of the new signs, Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas and Jerry Ebbert, president of Belmont County Farm Bureau.
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.”
The Belmont County Sheriffs’ Department has supported Ohio Farm Bureau’s reward program, offered by Belmont County Farm Bureau, for years. The program has been said to be a deterrent against felonious criminal acts against property owners and it serves as one of the many benefits of a Farm Bureau membership.
If you are a member of the Belmont County Farm Bureau, then you have the opportunity to receive one of these signs. If you have not received one, contact the county office. If you are not a member of Farm Bureau and would like to help in joining the fight to keep Belmont County a beautiful and safe place to be, then contact us to sign up at 740-425-3681 or [email protected].
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.
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