Police

Louisburg Police Department
Johnson St.
Louisburg, N.C. 27549
919-496-4175

A message from Police Chief Rick Lassiter:

Welcome to the Louisburg Police Department. The Louisburg Police Department is located in the Louisburg Training Center/Fire Department/Police Department Center. This multifunctional complex allows for Public Safety Departments to work closely in support of each other as well as provides the perfect location for training areas for multi-jurisdictional agencies and staff.

Purpose

It is the purpose of the Louisburg Police Department to devote our resources to the task of preserving peace and order, protecting life and property, and the vigorous enforcement of all laws in a fair and impartial manner. We strive to treat all people with respect, fairness and compassion. We are committed to serving our community to enhance the quality of life and to nurture public trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics. Our officers are professional, trained, and determined to serve as a deterrent to crime, develop relationships with community groups, residential and business organizations, and promote an environment receptive to all visitors.

The Louisburg Police Department maintains this level of service by providing continuous training and educational development, as well as career enhancement opportunities for all officers.

Administrative Issues

The Louisburg Police Department investigates crimes occurring within the Louisburg City Limits. Often criminal activities take place in other jurisdictions yet affect the citizens of Louisburg. The Police Department is an active partner with the Franklin County Sheriffs Department and many State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies as we strive to enforce and deter criminal activity in our community and N.C. Participation in specific offense task force activities such as illicit Drug eradication operations and others have led to success in fighting these terrible elements of all communities.

The Department investigates and maintains local traffic accidents occurring on local streets and public vehicular areas. Accident reports that are completed and required by insurance companies may be picked up at the Department on the date given by the investigating officer.

Crime Prevention

Take Crime Prevention seriously! In today's busy world we sometimes forget to assess our surroundings. We must be cautious and practice safety each and every day. In this section you will find Safety tips to help you stop and think about what you can do to prevent a dangerous or possibly fatal situation.

Home Safety

On a national average, each year about one out of every twelve homes will be targeted by a burglar. Luck has little to do with these odds since burglars look for homes that offer easy entrance and getaways. You may not need physical strength, speed, or expensive security devices, but you do need to be alert, cautious, and self-confident.

Every large hardware store carries a dozen or more different home security devises that are easy to install:

  • Special bars
  • Lock
  • Latches

Most of them are ineffective at best, and at worst, dangerous, because they may prevent a quick exit. If you decide to investigate these, ask a local law enforcement agency which devices it recommends.

If someone breaks in while you are home:

  • Do not confront the burglar
  • Lock yourself in a room (with a phone)
  • If you can get to a phone, quietly call 911

If someone breaks in while you are away:

  • Do not go inside if you suspect someone is still in the house
  • Call law enforcement from a neighbor's phone
  • Do not touch anything

Doors:

  • Outside entry doors should be metal, metal-clad, or solid wood, not hollow core.
  • Keep all doors locked
  • Double cylinder deadbolts
  • Never attach an ID tag to you your keychain
  • If you lose your key or move, install new locks right away
  • Doors with glass windows less than 40 inches from the lock can easily be opened
  • Install a lens peephole or wide-angle viewer in all outside doors
  • Never let anyone at the door know you are home alone
  • Ask for identification of all service repair personnel
  • Use metal "Charlie bars" on sliding glass doors
  • Chain locks are not security devices!

Windows:

  • Pin locks are available for double-hung windows, as well as sliding glass doors. They can be installed on the side sashes, as well as the center sash, to allow windows to be opened a few inches and still be secure. These locks require only a drill for installation, so they are inexpensive.
  • Special locks for casement type windows are available in hardware stores
  • Keep all curtains and blinds closed at night

Alarm Systems:

  • Security systems vary widely in effectiveness and cost, even within a single community. Unmonitored alarms are of little use. Basic, monitored security service often includes a "panic button", which also summons help in a health emergency.
  • Make sure the security company you select is reputable
  • Learn how to use your system properly
  • Consider having a small pet

Apartment Tips:

  • Make sure that all entrances, parking areas, hallways, stairways, laundry rooms, and other common areas are well-lit.
  • Report burned-out lights
  • Check to make sure fire stairs have an emergency exit at ground

Street Safety

  • Use common sense; plan your route to avoid lonely areas such as parks, parking lots and garages and alleyways; stick to well lit areas
  • Carry minimal possessions; overloading yourself interferes with your vision and makes you appear more vulnerable
  • Get into the habit of paying close attention to your surroundings, and avoid "automatic pilot"
  • Walk with purpose, project an assertive or businesslike image
  • Look ahead and anticipate potentially dangerous situations
  • If you see trouble, do you have a plan? Would you be willing to cross the street? Duck into a store or business that's open
  • If a car follows you or beckons you while you are walking, do not approach the car; instead, turn and quickly walk the other direction
  • Watch your body space; don't let people get too close; even if they appear to have a reason, like asking for the time, change etc.
  • Consider low profile shoes and clothing, especially when walking, waiting for the bus, etc.

Transportation Safety

Safe Driving Every Day

  • Get regular eye checkups
  • Avoid driving at dusk or dawn when visibility is poorest
  • Keep your glasses, car mirrors, and lights clean
  • Keep extra car lengths between your vehicle and the car ahead of you
  • Avoid heavy traffic
  • Signal turns at least a half-block before braking to make the turn
  • Do not drive while taking medication that slows reflexes

Car Safety:

  • Have keys in hand as you leave the building
  • Parked cars provide good hiding places (inside & out), be alert as you approach your car
  • Back off if you see anyone loitering near your car
  • Enter you car quickly and lock the door immediately
  • If followed or bothered, drive to a public place, store or business and honk your horn to attract attention
  • If parking in a paid lot, have money ready before getting out of locked car
  • Consider car pooling, not just at work but for leisure time activities as well, particularly when parking is a premium
  • Make it a habit to leave car locked and empty of possessions, even parking meter change

How to avoid a car jacking:

  • Drive with your windows closed and your doors locked
  • Park in populated and well lit areas
  • Don't take unfamiliar shortcuts
  • If trapped in traffic, flash lights to get attention
  • When approaching an intersection, leave enough room to be able to pull out and get away from the car in front of you
  • If actually confronted, don't resist. Get out of the car promptly and head in opposite direction
  • Keep home driveway well lit. Check surroundings before getting in or out of the car. Check inside and under the car before getting in.
  • When renting a car, ask for one without rental stickers
  • Keep plenty of gas in the tank and try to avoid using self-service gas stations at night
  • Consider buying a car phone
  • If bumped from behind and you feel suspicious, don't get out of the car. Motion the other driver to follow you and then go to the nearest well lit public place where you feel safe, such as a fire station or police station.
  • Above all, remain calm. Take careful note of all physical aspects of the robber, the vehicle and the direction of flight.

Bus, Taxi, Train or Subway:

  • Use schedules to minimize time waiting at bus stops
  • Sit near the front of the bus, if possible
  • Keep possessions in lap
  • Pay attention to surroundings. If you feel threatened, tell the driver.
  • Avoid sleeping, cleaning out purse or pockets, balancing checkbook, etc. If you read, look up periodically.
  • Only ask the driver for directions
  • While waiting for a subway or train, wait near the ticket booth until you board.
  • Do not enter an empty car or elevator; choose one that has several other people in it.
  • Keep plenty of gas in the tank and try to avoid using self-service gas stations at night
  • Have your key ready
  • Ask the driver to watch to make sure you make it inside your home safely.

Airport:

  • Stay with your luggage at all times
  • Keep tickets out of sight, they can be as valuable as cash
  • Watch out for staged situations such as someone bumping into you. It may be a diversion for criminal activity
  • Do not let others see expensive jewelry, cameras, or anything that someone would want to take

Scam Safety

The Law: Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations require the following:

  • In the beginning of a telemarketing call, the caller must identify the Company's name, and, if it's a sales call, what is being sold.
  • If a prize is offered, you have to be told immediately that no purchase or payment is necessary to win.
  • You must not be asked to pay in advance for services. Pay for services only after they are actually delivered.
  • You must not be called before 8:00 am and after 9:00 pm, your local time.
  • You must not be called repeatedly or be intimidated by the caller.
  • You must be told the costs and restrictions before you pay for products or services.

Avoid Telemarketing Scams:

  • Don't talk to them
  • Get an answering machine
  • Get Caller ID
  • Never give money over the phone
  • If you want to give to a charity, seek them out yourself
  • Report it! The most courageou thing an adult can do is to admit to being a victim of a crime. 99% of the criminals are caught committing another crime.
  • If your social security number is on your driver's license have it removed
  • Avoid having a bank debit card. Your money comes directly out of your checking account, which makes any discrepancy harder to prove.

Con artists are rarely violent. They don't need to be. "Con" is short for "confidence" - which is then used to get your money. Once you've been a victim of a telemarketer you've not only lost money, but possibly your pride, health, faith, and self-esteem.

Victims feel violated, frightened, and embarrassed. Some are left with thoughts of suicide. It is a myth to believe that only lonely isolated seniors are targeted. These criminals have stolen from doctors, lawyers, and Admirals. They are all victims. Some of the consumer frauds, gimmicks, and con games to be aware of are:

  • Business Schemes
  • Home Repairs
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Medical Fraud
  • Property Scams
  • Debt Consolidation
  • Bank Scams

Signs of Fraud:

  • Must pay to win
  • Must decide now
  • Pressure you for a credit card number
  • Instruct you not to tell anyone
  • Tell you that this initial investment will be well worth it
  • An address suite could just be a post office box

To protect yourself from other forms of fraud:

  • Never sign a contract without having a lawyer or family member read it first
  • Follow up on any unpaid bills accrued by a deceased spouse. They could be phony.

Small Business Security Tips

  • Non-employees should not be allowed past the reception area without notice to co-workers by phone or intercom. Guests/clients should wait up front for their escort.
  • After business is concluded guests/clients should be escorted out
  • Question anyone that is unescorted past the reception or designated area
  • An intruder will give you a quick answer and walk away
  • Do not try to restrain but write down a description and follow office policy
  • Theft should be reported immediately to the police
  • Keep all personal belongings out of sight and in a locked drawer if possible
  • Leave cash registers empty and open after hours to deter burglars
  • Make sure all exterior doors have adequate locking mechanisms or install a secondary lock, i.e. dead-bolt locks
  • Leave an interior light on all night
  • Check interior for possible access to the roof and secure all ladders and garbage dumpsters
  • Use exterior lighting to increase the visibility in parking lots and entrances
  • Move valuable merchandise away from the door or windows to prevent smash and grab thefts
  • Install a safe or strong security cabinet to store valuable documents or keys used in your business
  • Install an enunciator on entrances to alert you that a customer has entered
  • Don't tag your keys with the name of your business. Change locks if keys are lost or not returned by a former employee
  • Don't open the door until you are fully ready to do business, and don't count receipts until you lock up
  • Never resist an armed robber
  • Call 9-1-1 for all medical, fire and police emergencies, and anytime you believe there is a need to send police, fire or medical personnel to the scene.
  • Overgrown bushes and trees give a thief the luxury of hiding places. Keep trimmed and away from door and windows