In August, Destin had 41 vehicle burglaries, 33 of which belonged to tourists. There were also four vehicle thefts, where the keys were left in the car. All vehicles were left UNLOCKED. Please remember to LOCK your car, TAKE your keys and guns, and HIDE any personal belongings. LOCKING your car is proven to prevent crime.
In 2020, there were 408 vehicle burglaries and 176 firearms stolen in Okaloosa County. 95% of the vehicles were left unlocked. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office can link stolen firearms to homicides and shootings in Okaloosa County.
Businesses can help the Sheriff’s Office educate tourists and residents by placing Lock, Take, Hide signs in their parking lot. If you would like a sign for your business, condo, or neighborhood, contact Ashley Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or cell (850) 259-0031.