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Tip of The Week For December 5, 2022- Avoiding Storm Damage to Your Home (Photo) - 12/01/22



Date:            December 1, 2022                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:      Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0652





In any season, storms can be severe, but there are ways to prepare your home to minimize the risk of damage when severe weather strikes. In some cases, taking these steps can mean the difference between costly home repairs and no storm damage to your home at all.

1. Remove Dead Wood.  Trimming your trees regularly will help fewer branches fall in heavy wind or other severe weather. For particularly tall trees, experts can do the trimming for you and can also tell you when trees are at risk of being blown over in a storm so they can be removed.

2. Secure Outdoor Items. Loose items like grills, picnic tables, and lawn furniture should be brought inside to avoid becoming projectiles in storms with high winds. Decorations, even when they are securely attached to the home, could also cause damage or be destroyed in the storm.

3. Deal with Drainage Problems.  Having the gutters cleaned once leaves have fallen should be a given, but there can be other drainage problems around your home, including areas where water can drain onto the foundation and cause damage. Landscaping professionals can help you identify the problems and find solutions so that you don’t have issues when the storms come.

4. Inspect the Roof Periodically.  A brand new roof should withstand most severe weather, but if your roof is 5-10 years old or older, it should be checked for loose shingles, nails and sheathing. Not only can shingles blow off in a storm, but loose nails and sheathing can cause chunks of roofing to be dislodged or create openings for rain and ice to penetrate.

If an inspection does turn up any possible leaks, getting them fixed right away will protect your home from damage in severe weather. Roofs that are over 15 years old risk sudden deterioration or failure in storm situations even if no problems are apparent.

5. Consider Impact-Rated Windows. You may be able to protect your windows from damage by installing hurricane shutters, or just boarding up the windows if a severe storm is imminent. The fact is, though, that any new windows are likely to be more airtight and impervious to leaks and damage than older windows.  In areas where severe weather is frequent, such as our coastal areas, it’s worth considering windows that are specially made to withstand storm-level air pressure and impact.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Tip of The Week For November 28, 2022- Driving Drowsy (Photo) - 11/23/22



Date:          November 23, 2022                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:      Sheriff Curtis Landers




Driving Drowsy


It is very important to stay alert while driving at all times, but especially during this time of year since weather conditions can rapidly become hazardous.  Here are several safety tips to keep in mind before hitting the road.  

Feeling sleepy is especially dangerous when you are driving.  Sleepiness slows your reaction time, decreases awareness, and impairs your judgment just like drugs or alcohol. People who are very sleepy behave in similar ways to people who are drunk. The impact that this has on traffic safety should not be underestimated.

 To remain alert and avoid drowsiness:

  • Getting plenty of sleep (at least six hours) the night before a long trip
  • Traveling at times when you are normally awake, and staying overnight rather than driving straight through
  • Scheduling a break every two hours or every 100 miles
  • Stop driving if you become sleepy; someone who is tired could fall asleep at any time – fatigue impacts reaction time, judgment, and vision, causing people who are very sleepy to behave in similar ways to those who are drunk
  • Not planning to work all day and then drive all night
  • Drink a caffeinated beverage. Since it takes about 30 minutes for caffeine to enter the bloodstream, find a safe place to take a 20-30 minute nap while you’re waiting for the caffeine to take effect
  • Avoid sleepy times of day. Take a mid-afternoon nap and find a place to sleep between midnight and 6 a.m.
  • Traveling with an awake passenger.

You are too tired to drive if you’re experiencing any or all of the following:

  • Having trouble keeping your eyes open and focused
  • The inability to keep your head up
  • Daydreaming or having wandering, disconnected thoughts
  • Drifting from your lane or off the road or tailgating
  • Yawning frequently or rubbing your eyes repeatedly
  • Missing signs or driving past your intended exit
  • Feeling irritable and restless
  • Being unable to remember how far you have traveled or what you have recently passed.


For more information and tips, visit our web site at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Tip of The Week For November 21, 2022- Holiday Shopping Safety (Photo) - 11/17/22

                                    TIP OF THE WEEK


Date:           November 17, 2022              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:       Sheriff Curtis Landers




                                        HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY

The holiday season is here and we have some tips for those who shop in stores as well as online:   

  • Be alert and aware.  Be attentive to your surroundings at all times. 
  • Don’t carry more cash or valuables than necessary.      Be discreet so that you don’t attract attention. 
  • Take extra precautions with your wallet or purse.      Carry your purse with the opening flap next to your body and with the strap hung over your shoulder. 
  • Allow for darkness.  It gets dark early this time of year, so be sure to factor this into shopping plans. 
  • Instruct children on holiday safety measures.      Know where your children are at all times.  Before going shopping, decide where to meet if you and your children should become separated. 
  • Always lock your car doors and remember where you park. 
  • Be sure to place valuables out of sight (i.e. packages, purses, phones, etc.).  Place them in the trunk or take them with you.  This includes portable GPS units. 
  • Never hide spare keys in or on your car.  These hiding places are easily discovered.      If you need spare keys, keep them in your wallet or purse. 
  • Be alert to suspicious persons or circumstances.      Avoid parking where you see someone sitting in their vehicle for no apparent reason. 
  • Trust your instincts.  If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in a situation, report it to security immediately.  
  • When walking in any parking lot, grocery store, airport, shopping center, etc., walk confidently with your head up, make eye contact, and have your keys ready. 
  • Do not drive across parking stalls.  Use appropriate marked driving lanes and obey all traffic signs. 
  • Drive defensively and courteously. 
  • Report all suspicious activity. 
  • And remember, parking lots will be more crowded and checkout lanes will be busier, so please be patient and have a safe shopping experience. 

If you shop online, here are some ways to avoid becoming a victim of Porch Pirates – those who steal unattended packages from people’s property. They are heavily active this time of year. 

  • Schedule deliveries to arrive when you will be at home or have them delivered to your office. 
  • Have a trusted neighbor or friend pick up your packages if you won’t be home. 
  • Install a security camera on your property. 
  • Have packages delivered to a shipping store or an Amazon locker. If you hold a post office box, use USPS for shipping and take advantage of their package lockers to receive your items. Some post offices even allow boxholders to use it’s street address, with the customer’s box number as the “unit” number for deliveries from other carriers. 

Have a safe and Happy Holiday!



For more information and tips, visit our web site at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Ballot Measure 114 - Requires Permit To Acquire Firearms; Police Maintain Permit/Firearm Database; Criminally Prohibits Certain Ammunition Magazines - 11/16/22

*Updated release to reflect effective date change*


11/15/22 – Lincoln County, Oregon

A statement to Lincoln County community members from Sheriff Landers: 

Our office has received several questions regarding the passing of Ballot Measure 114. I want to provide you with some factual information to help you understand the impacts of this measure.  

This is a very complex measure and has many issues to address. The Secretary of State has confirmed the measure will take effect on December 8, 2022 at 12:00am. Could the measure be challenged and could a stay be issued? Absolutely, and we believe it will be. We are moving forward anticipating on December 8, 2022, this will be the law in our state.   

The Oregon State Police is responsible for providing a standardized application for Sheriff’s Offices and Police Departments to use. Once this application is finalized, it will include the updated requirements added through Measure 114.  

The language in the law is comparable to the current state Concealed Handgun License (CHL) process, with some distinct differences in permit requirements. The purchase permit requires a training course similar to the CHL process, but this law requires a demonstration to load, unload, store, and “fire” the firearm. The CHL course can be substituted if it contains all the provisions, however, most CHL courses currently do not include “firing” the firearm.   

A person will not be able to purchase a firearm with a CHL alone. They will need to go through the permit process. The permit will be valid for five years. The law applies to private transfer of firearms as well. There are limited exceptions listed and apply mostly to transfer between relatives. 

The law also has a provision for restricting the capacity of the magazine to 10 rounds. You can still purchase and keep higher capacity magazines until the law goes into effect if you have proof they were purchased before December 8, 2022. You can also use them under certain conditions. This portion of the law is currently being challenged in the State of California through the 9th circuit court as unconstitutional, which has jurisdiction over our state. The law is currently stayed in California and not in effect. 

I have also been asked if our office plans on enforcing the law. Yes, we do plan on enforcing the law if it is ruled constitutional by any court challenge. While I may not agree Measure 114 and was openly against it prior to the election, I have sworn to an oath to uphold the laws of this state, regardless of my opinion.   

Does this mean we will be going door to door asking if you know about this law, if you have high-capacity magazines, etc.? No, we will not be doing this; just like we do not go around asking if you have a fully automatic firearm (which is currently illegal unless you have a permit).  However, if we learn you have violated the law we may take action, just like we are responsible for doing for any other crime. 

I know this law is very controversial and passed by a very narrow margin. The branches of government are very clear and law enforcement is in the executive branch with the duty to enforce laws. The judicial branch evaluates and interprets the laws as constitutional or not. 

As previously stated, I believe this law will face challenges moving forward. Regardless of the future direction of Measure 114, I can assure you my office will be diligently working on solutions to ensure our law-abiding citizens have a pathway to continue lawful purchase and possession of firearms allowed by Oregon law. 

Sheriff Curtis Landers



Tip of The Week For November 14, 2022 - Driving in The Rain (Photo) - 11/10/22


                                    TIP OF THE WEEK


Date:           November 10, 2022                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:       Sheriff Curtis Landers






Our dark and rainy season has arrived. For some people, driving in the rain, especially in the dark, is anxiety-producing. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are an average of more than 950,000 automobile crashes each year due to wet pavement which results in approximately 4,700 deaths and 384,000 injuries.

But being behind the wheel and a rain-covered windshield doesn’t have to be a nerve-racking experience. Here are some tips for driving in a downpour:

1. Think. We are all guilty of driving out of habit. So as a reminder, when it rains, we often need to adjust our thinking. When conditions are less than ideal, drivers need to stay alert and focused on what’s going on around them.

2. Turn on those headlights. It’s the law in all states to turn on headlights when visibility is low and many states also require having the headlights on when the windshield wipers are in use. Note: Oregon does not require motorists to turn on headlights when wipers are used. Well-working wipers and relatively new (not threadbare) tires are also must-haves when driving in rain.

3. Beware of hydroplaning. That’s what occurs when your tires are getting more traction on the layer of water on the road than on the road itself—the result is that your car begins to slide uncontrollably. It’s easy enough to hydroplane: All you need is one-twelfth of an inch of rain on the road and a speed of more than 35 miles per hour. If you start to hydroplane, let off the accelerator slowly and steer straight until you regain control.

4. Turn off cruise control. Ironically, on rain- or snow- slick surfaces, cruise control may cause you to lose control. You might think it’ll help you stay at one steady speed, but if you hydroplane while you’re in cruise control, your car will actually go faster.

5. Slow down. Speed limit signs are designed for ideal conditions. That means driving when you have little traffic and good visibility. That’s hardly the environment you’re driving in when it’s raining, so let up on the accelerator and allow more time to get to your destination.

For more information and tips, visit our website at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.