Three sheriffs give safety tips to residents living in rural areas at Yoakum town hall

On Tuesday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. there was a town hall held at the New Life Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

YOAKUM, Texas – Three county sheriffs attended the discussion focused on the conditions at the border, where more than 60 people attended the meeting.

Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon, DeWitt County Sheriff Carl Bowen, and Gonzales County Sheriff Robert Ynclan answered questions from people living in these areas.

Sheriff Bowen presented information on how to spot signs of drug or human trafficking.

Sheriff Bowen and others spoke about how to spot other signs of possible theft by cartels on private property.

All sheriffs said they are taking the safety of all community members very seriously.

“First of all, I’m very blessed to be working with the group of sheriffs that I’m working with because we are all laser focus on the same thing. The criminality of what’s going on. And you know, as far as we are concerned, politics will take care of itself, but this isn’t going to stand here and it needs correcting. If it does look out of place, please let us know. This is what we can do, it may be a part of a bigger picture that we are looking at,” said Sheriff Bowen.

The sheriffs shared how security cameras can help authorities get a license plate number to help track down an identity.

Signs of Drug/Human Trafficking or Theft by Cartels

  • A pair of shoes tied together, then hanging on a tree branch
  • Unfamiliar and empty chips bags or empty water bottles
  • Unrecognized vehicles or trucks driving near a private property

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