Baltimore County Now
Baltimore County Police Department
Summer is one of our favorite times of year to kick back and relax, but remember — criminals are always on the move. Warm weather may bring more foot traffic to neighborhoods and business districts, but it also brings more criminals looking to commit their next offense.
Don’t get the “summertime blues” — use these common sense measures to help prevent crime at your home or business.
Warm Weather Crime Prevention Tips
- Beware of Deception Burglaries and Home Improvement Scams
Be proactive: protect your property.
- Lock All Doors and Windows
Lock windows and doors when you’re away. If you’re going to be in the back yard, lock the front door.
- Burglars Shun Good Locks and Lights
Consider installing specialty locks, which often deter thieves.
- Neighborhood Awareness: The Key to Crime Prevention
Be alert and aware; always notify police of unusual activity in your community.
- Windows Open and Convertible Tops Down - An Open Invitation to a Thief
Avoid thefts from your vehicle with these simple tips.
- Got a Bike? Engrave It, Lock It or Lose It
Have your bike engraved, and don’t forget to lock it.
- ATV Education and Enforcement
Tips to help you keep it legal, ride safely and prevent theft.
- Fraud Often Follows Disasters
Don’t fall victim to a scam after a bad storm. When disaster strikes, people are sometimes vulnerable and become good targets for identity theft or scam artists.
- Stay Alert
Witnesses can be a valuable deterrent to a burglary.
- Spring Cleaning
Businesses should get rid of clutter and evaluate (or create) their safety and security plan.
- Hiring Summer Help
Business managers —fill that position with a qualified new employee.
Della J. Leister, RN
Deputy Health Officer
Baltimore County Department of Health
The meteorologists don’t know yet if we’ll break any temperature records this week, but we will all definitely break a sweat! When the heat index (combination of temperature and humidity) is as high as it is now, it is very important to take measures to ensure the health and safety of people and pets.
If you have an air conditioner, please turn it on. If not, seek shelter from the heat in a cool place where you will have access to water and a bathroom. Your local library branch or senior center is a great option. Or you can cool off while getting some exercise by walking through a mall or museum.
Without a cool place to retreat, extreme and prolonged high temperatures can be fatal for the very old and young. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, but annually too many die because they do not know or ignore these simple prevention tips:
- NEVER leave a child or pet in an unattended car!
- Check on elderly or chronically ill family members, friends and neighbors.
- Drink more fluids (non-alcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Also provide your pet with plenty of water and a cool shelter.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages – these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Instead, learn how to make more than 50 non-alcoholic drinks, which can be found on the Department of Health’s website.
- Use sunscreen and reapply when spending time outdoors. Limit time outdoors when the temperatures and humidity are extremely high.
- Take cool showers or baths.
Don’t let your family, friends, neighbors or pets suffer in these hot temperatures. Please share these tips, make some non-alcoholic sips and have a safe summer.
Baltimore County Tourism & Promotion
There can be no doubt, the full force of Baltimore summer is officially upon us. While it might be tempting to stay indoors near the A.C. vent (or on top of it, like my dog), make sure you get the most out this season. Baltimore County has tons of great events going on throughout the summer, especially its many outdoor concerts. These concerts feature a wide array of performers and venues, and quite a few of them are actually free to attend. Outdoor concerts are a great way to relax, socialize and enjoy what summer in Baltimore County has to offer.
Feet on the Street – Towson
Fridays, May 17 – September 27
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Folk Music Night – Perry Hall
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Frederick Road Fridays – Catonsville
Fridays, June 14 – August 30
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Hot August Blues and Roots Festival – Cockeysville
Saturday, August 17
11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Music on Main Street – Reisterstown
Fridays, June 21 – August 23
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturdays, June 8 – August 31
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.