After fire station theft reports in neighboring counties, Hall County Fire Services said it would be increasing security measures.
“Multiple thefts have occurred as close as Dawson and Forsyth counties which has prompted the administration to advise personnel to lock their vehicles when at the station and ensure that they do not store any valuables or leave any items visible in their vehicles,” according to a news release.
In January, multiple firearms were stolen from Forsyth County firefighters’ personal vehicles. The spokesman for the department said at the time five different vehicles were broken into in the early morning hours.
In March, four firefighters had their cars broken into at a Dawsonville fire station.
“We encourage all of our citizens and visitors to report any suspicious activity at our facilities to law enforcement. We depend on vigilance of the community to help protect the property of our personnel,” Fire Chief Jeff Hood said in a statement. “Additionally, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office has been requested to increase patrols around our facilities around the clock and implemented several other measures to increase station security.”