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Steve's News from Annapolis

2016-09-08

 

I hope everyone enjoyed a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. 

Last week, Bryan Fischer, Vice President of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations (GTCCA) organized a meeting to discuss crime in the Towson area. The meeting included elected officials, Captain Jay Landsman and Sergeant Fink of the Baltimore County Police Department, GTCCA officials, members of Citizens on Patrol (COP)  and Towson area community members

The meeting was held to discuss the perceived spike in crime in Towson. However, crime is no worse this year than prior years but it has been happening in different neighborhoods this year. 

It is important for all of us to be vigilant. Captain Landsman suggested that the crime will calm down once it gets colder outside. Regardless, he also suggested that everyone use the following crime prevention techniques:

  •  Lock your car , house, shed, garage and any outbuildings!
  • Illuminate your home and, if applicable, alleys
  • Place extra locks on doors
  • Never leave keys in your car, including house and/or car keys
  • Neighborhoods with active COP programs should implement patrols between midnight and 5 a.m. and display a yellow light on roof of vehicle of patrolling car
  • Watch out for your neighbor, as well as yourself
  • Place broomsticks or something in windows to prevent windows from easily opening
  • If you hear glass breaking, immediately call 911; give as much information as you can. The 911 operator dispatches a patrol car while asking for your information and details.  This information is relayed to the patrol car

On November 15, 2016, there will be a tour of the Baltimore County Police Department 911 Center. You can contact Wes Wood at 410-823-2578 if you want to register and attend this tour.

If your neighborhood does not have a Citizens on Patrol group, please consider one as a way of supporting police patrols. If you are interested in starting a COP, please contact Pat France, 410-828-5564.

I hope you find this information helpful.

Best wishes,

Steve