Report a Crime & Crime Tips

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Life Threatening Emergencies or Crimes in Progress: The purpose of the Jefferson County 911 Emergency Telephone System is to provide for the immediate response of Police, Fire, or Medical Personnel for emergency occurrences. Calls received on 911 lines must be restricted to those situations.

Non-Emergency Situations: Non-emergency lines are for crimes in progress or other situations that require police response, but that are non-life threatening (loud parties, a group of juveniles loitering in front of your home, etc...) Non-emergency numbers are listed below.

Madras Police Department
541-475-2424 (Business hours only) Jefferson County Dispatch 541-475-2201/2202 (24 hours)

Submit a Crime Tip

Law Enforcement Officers for years now have been looking to the public for assistance in fighting crime and neighborhood disorder throughout Madras. We depend heavily on your eyes and ears out on the street and for you to feed us information in our efforts to solve crimes in your town. If there is information you have that may assist us in the course of an investigation, please contact any Madras Officer and advise. Your identity will be protected if you advise us to do so.

You may contact an Officer in person to discuss the issues or you may leave a phone message on voice mail. You may also choose to E-mail the information you have. Be sure to put "Crime Tip" in the subject line when E-mailing. Crime tips can also be submitted electronically via the website by clicking here.

Working together as a team we are stronger and more efficient. Help us help this community and do your part in fighting crime.

Madras Police Department 541-475-2424 (after hours you may leave a message in our voice mail for any particular Officer)


Crime Prevention Tips

Home Security Tips

Many people fall victim to burglary in our area each year. Take a look at the following information and don't make it easy for a burglar to make you a victim.

A hollow or light weight door to any outside access can be easily entered through by force. All of these accesses should house a metal or solid wood door of 1 3/4" hard wood.

Outside access doors should fit within the frame of which they sit and there should not be any more than a 1/8th inch clearance between any portion of the door and its frame. Metal frames give more protection than wood frames and should be considered whenever possible. Door hinges should always be on the inside not allowing anyone from the outside to remove the hinge pins.

Every door accessing the outside of a structure should have good quality locks installed to include deadbolts. Sliding glass doors should have a decent locking device at the handle and you should place a board in the track of the door once it is closed to prevent its being opened from the outside. Remember the doors and windows you have on that second story balcony. Thieves will climb up to them because people frequently don't secure them as adequately.

Be sure to secure your residence every time you leave. Burglars frequently enter homes un-obstructed thus making you an easy target.

Ensure you door locks are placed far enough away from any glass panels or other openings to prevent a would be thief from reaching in and unlocking the door. As a general rule, 40" should be an adequate distance.

Consideration should be given to windows. Those easily accessed (lower to the ground) should be secured with a locking device. Most windows come with some form of locking device that are easily unlocked after breaking a window. There is a variety of locking devices you can use to include a key lock preventing the window from being opened without a key. Consider the use of bars and/or grates over particularly vulnerable windows.

Other Things to Consider:

Ensure areas of access are well lit at night. Most burglars don't like to be in the spot light. Use motion sensors that trigger a lighting system to come on when someone approaches any one of a number of access areas around your house. Place these type of lights out of reach if possible.

If you are gone for a long period of time, utilize indoor light timers to give the appearance of occupancy. Have the neighbor or a friend pick up the papers on your door step as well as the mail from your mail box. Arrange to have the snow shoveled from your driveway and walkways in the winter. Turn the ringer down on your phone and turn the answering machine volume down as well. Pick up the messages left on your machine regularly while away to prevent a long tone being played to those who are waiting to leave an additional message. (most message machines have the capability for you to retrieve your messages from another location)

Trim down those overgrown shrubs and bushes that are blocking access areas from view of the public.

Don't hide keys outside of the house. It is better to give a key to a friend or relative you can trust. Thieves often check the common hiding places. (Don't make it easy for them)

Don't carry your keys with any identifiable tags notifying a would be thief of your exact location for a future burglary.

How not to become a victim of vehicle theft

Auto theft is a common occurrence in most any town and Madras is no different. It is very popular among criminals because all too many car owners invite the criminals to take their cars. There is a very simple solution that will minimize your risk of becoming a victim of an auto theft. By following these few steps, your car may not be as appealing to a thief and therefore be overlooked.

1. Always secure your car when you walk away from it, no matter what. Lock the doors and ensure the windows are rolled all the way up.

2. Never leave the car running when you are not around it. Even if the car is secured. Thieves will simply break the window, unlock the door and drive your car away within 10 seconds. Don't make it so easy for them.

3. Many vehicles have been stolen in Madras when people leave them running while they run into the store for a cup of coffee in the morning on their way to work. Others have been stolen when the owners were returning video rentals to the store and left their cars running. Remember, it only takes a couple of seconds to enter a car that is already running and drive it away.

4. Never leave anything of value inside your car if you can help it. By leaving your purse or wallet on the seat or on the floorboard, you are asking for trouble. Even if your car does not get stolen, you will end up with damage to it and your property within taken. If you have to leave valued items inside your car, utilize the trunk, or tuck them somewhere out of site.

5. Outfit your car with a security alarm system. Most thieves will not stick around when something loud is sounding and attracting attention to them. Use a wheel locking device other than the standard ignition lock. (CLUB) Many car thieves will move on to another vehicle if they see additional security devices within the car. Remember, they are looking for easy targets. There are many different types of security systems as follows:

Tapered door lock buttons, to keep thieves from using coat hangers to open your car doors from the outside. High-security ignition locks, which normally go around the steering column housing (sometimes these are known as "cuff locks"). A "cane" or "J-bend" lock, which normally hooks up the steering wheel and the brake pedal. External and internal hood locks. These protect the battery from being stolen too.

Other forms of theft prevention devices:

An ignition kill device, which interferes with the ignition system even if the car is "hot-wired." A fuel cutoff device, which shuts off the fuel after running for a few seconds. All of these devices can be hidden. Install the best type of alarm that you can afford (silent alarms, sound discriminators, motion detectors, and computerized tracking transmitters are among the high-end devices now available). Be sure to advise potential thieves that you have an alarm by placing warning stickers on your windows or windshields.

6. By blasting your new stereo off for everyone in the city to hear it while you drive down the road is not only illegal, but also attracts attention that may likely result in your stereo or auto being stolen.

7. Don't place spare keys in a lock box and stick it under your dash or in your visor,in the ash tray, glove box or under the floor mat, etc... A good car thief knows most of the common hiding places and is likely to find your special place.

8. Park your car in well lit areas. Utilize your garage if you have one and be certain to lock your vehicle within.