Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention Training

Sheriff Wells believes crime prevention is absolutely necessary and intrinsic to the reduction of crime in Manatee County. Therefore, the Crime Prevention Unit is available to provide prevention training. This training is free. 

If you'd like to sign up for one, please visit the Manatee County Sheriff Public Request Site

Manatee County Sheriff's Bicycle Registration Program

Take a stand against crime. Help keep Manatee County a safe community by doing your part to prevent crime.

BICYCLE THEFT IS A REALITY. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Registration program was designed to aid in the recovery of lost or stolen bicycles. Registering is quick and easy. 

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office 
Crime Prevention Unit
600 301 Blvd. W. Ste. 202
Bradenton, Florida 34205
941.747.3011 x2500

Crime Mapping helps law enforcement agencies throughout North America provide the public with valuable information about recent crime activity in their neighborhood. As of April 2018 only the Manatee County Sheriff's Office is participating in the site. 

Avoiding Scams & Fraud

Business Opportunities Fraud
A business opportunity is a set of products, services, supplies and equipment that you buy or lease to start your own business. Some business opportunities are real, but others are scams. Examples of common business opportunities include:

- Stuffing envelopes at home
- Assembling toys at home 
- Doing medical billing at home
- Operating vending machines
- Operating retail display racks

Many times, unscrupulous sellers of business opportunities imply that investors can see a substantial return with minimal effort.

Learn more by visiting the links below:  
Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services Website

Telemarketing Fraud
Fraudulent telemarketers may make offers that involve foreign lotteries, investment opportunities, prizes, and “free” or “low-cost” vacations. According to the Federal Trade Commission, telemarketing fraud robs Americans of more than $40 billion annually. 

Learn more by visiting the links below: 
Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services Website  
Recognize & Avoid Telemarketing Fraud PDF

FCC and VA to Combat Illegal Robocalls Targeting Veterans
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to team up to combat illegal robocalls targeting Americans, including Veterans and their families. Read more

Stay Informed

Sign up for Manatee County Sheriff's Business Alerts : Text "CRIME" to 90407

Learn more about our other Law Enforcement agencies within Manatee County:

Bradenton Police Department
Holmes Beach Police Department
Longboat Key Police Department
Manatee County Sheriff's Office
Palmetto Police Department