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.
by Kevin Kamenetz
I am extremely proud of the men and women who choose to serve the people of Baltimore County in our police and fire departments. Without a doubt, they are among the finest in the nation. I am pleased to announce that Baltimore County is releasing a new recruitment video today that is designed to encourage minorities and females to pursue a career in public safety.
As we move forward in the 21st century, we need to do all that we can to ensure that we continue to protect our communities. As the demographics of the nation and County continue to change, it is critical that the individuals serving in all areas of government, but particularly in public safety, reflect the communities they serve. It is not only morally right, it is good public policy. Over the past decade, we have made significant progress, but we can do more. Most importantly, public safety depends on the public’s confidence. A diverse police and fire department builds that trust and makes everyone safer.
This new recruiting tool will be shared with school guidance counselors, ministers, broadcast widely on BCTV, and utilized at both traditional and no-traditional job fairs. We can, and will attract, an increasingly diverse group of men and women to serve in Baltimore County, while maintaining the high standards that make us so proud.
If you know someone who would be an excellent candidate to serve in Baltimore County’s police and fire departments, please have them contact the Department of Human Resources directly or visit http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov. I hope you will enjoy and share Baltimore County’s latest recruiting tool: http://www.youtube.com/baltimorecounty.