TIP: 5 Things To Know About Going Back To School

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TIP: Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event

The following information is timely in light of current events…


TIP: Being A Good Crime Witness

How good of a witness would you be at a crime scene?

Being A Good Crime Witness


TIP: Make the Call – Terrorism Prevention – The Threat is Real

With all the threats in the world, vigilance is our best defensive tool…


ALERT: Suspicious Solicitor(s) Identified (07/23)

Zac Slabaugh, the reported solicitor from the Dripping Springs/Driftwood area, came by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office today and spoke with Sgt. Taylor. He is with a legitimate company. He will be in the area through the 15th of August. We hope that this resolves the issue.


ALERT: Suspicious Solicitor(s) (07/21)


There have been recent reports of door solicitors in the Dripping Springs/Driftwood areas of Hays County, Texas. As we all know, these solicitors are normally very mobile and move from town to town and county to county. I have received information back from several Neighborhood Watch groups telling me that the solicitors have been trying to sell educational materials, books, claiming to be doing work for Dripping ISD, and steaks. Below is a string of information provided by Goldenwood West off of FM1826. It appears that the solicitors are have been gathering names of children and their ages, as well as trying to find out times when people are home, work, or if they are on vacation. Please be safe.


TIP: Auto Theft Prevention

Due to a recent increase in vehicle burglaries and vehicle thefts, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Unit would like to remind all citizens of basic tips on how not to become a victim of these crimes.


TIP: Fireworks Safety Tips from Hays County Fire Marshal’s Office

Attached/below is information from the Hays County Fire Marshal’s Office that will help keep you safe should you choose to use fireworks this Fourth of July.  Please share this information with colleagues who do not have access to computers.


Ø  Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Ø  Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

Ø  Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.

Ø  Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

Ø  Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

Ø  Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

Ø  Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

Ø  Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

Ø  Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

Ø  After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

Ø  Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.


HCSO Seeks Residential Gate Codes for Emergency Access

The Hays County sheriff’s office is asking residents that have a coded gate granting access to their property to provide the code so that dispatchers have it on file for emergencies.

Gated communities, private residences, apartment complexes and commercial properties are among the properties the sheriff’s office is seeking codes from to update its databases in the Emergency Communications Division.

Residents should email their gate code to with GATE CODE in the subject line or call 512-393-7373, according to the sheriff’s office.

The agency is also requesting the following information:

  • The name of the location
  • A contact person
  • The physical or 911 address
  • Any special instructions or extra information, such as whether a pet lives at the home or a resident is hearing impaired
  • A phone number


HCSO Announces Release of Citizen Observer / Tip411 Program

Sheriff Gary Cutler is pleased to announce the release of the Hays County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Observer / Tip411 Program. In a press conference earlier today, Sheriff Cutler explained that this program will allow another form of secure communication between the citizens of Hays County and their Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

Citizen Observer is a web based program that allows citizens to subscribe to alerts and messages that can be sent by the sheriff’s office via email and text messaging. This will allow the Hays County Sheriff’s Office to send notifications and information out to the community in times of emergency. This program will also allow the sheriff’s office to send out information on ongoing investigations and crimes, in an attempt to solicit participation from the community.

The Tip411 portion of the program also citizens to submit tips to the sheriff’s office via text messaging from all mobile phones companies. This will allow the tipster to remain anonymous and to communicate with the sheriff’s office via text message.

To sign up for alerts go to
To text a tip text HCTXSO plus the information to 847411

You can also submit a tip via the Hays County Sheriff’s Office facebook page, by clicking “Submit a Tip”.