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Baltimore County Police and Fire News

Official News Blog of Baltimore County police, fire, homeland security and emergency management. Call 911 to report crimes in progress and emergencies.
Date: May 1, 2014

The next edition of “Police Report,” the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through May.

The topic of this month’s program is the Aviation Unit and the use of the department’s helicopters in crime fighting and crime prevention. It includes a visit to the Aviation Unit and interviews with pilots, tactical flight officers, and commanding officers. They demonstrate the equipment and technology that is used in rescues and in daily operations to assist officers on the ground. They also discuss the training, experience, and knowledge required by police officers to work in the Aviation Unit.

The program airs five days a week on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Police Report is available online, if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

Over 280,000 intentional fires are set each year, resulting in more than 400 deaths. Vehicle arson represents 7% of total fires and 14% of direct property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Vehicle arson is directly responsible for $180 million in property damage every year. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that an intentional vehicle fire is one of the most common forms of automobile insurance fraud.

Vehicle arson can quickly spread to other property, causing thousands of dollars in damages. This escalation may also put your family or neighbors at risk for injury.

There are precautions that you can take to reduce the likelihood of vehicle arson and its impact. Here are some suggestions from the U.S. Fire Administration and FEMA:

  • Always lock all car doors when you leave the vehicle, and be sure the tailgate is securely closed.
  • Close all windows and remove the key from the ignition. Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running.
  • Park your car in a well-lit area. Two-thirds of intentionally set vehicle fires occur under the cover of darkness. If you are in a parking lot, look for a space close to a street lamp. If you are in a parking garage, look for a space close to an attendant booth or with a direct line of sight to the street.
  • When parking at home, keep your car in the garage if possible. If you park in the driveway or on the street, make sure there is adequate light. Installing bright exterior lights will not only safeguard your vehicle but also provide added protection for your home. Motion-activated lights are another simple way to deter criminals.
  • Use antitheft devices such as a car alarm or steering wheel lock. This will make it more difficult for a potential arsonist to enter or move your vehicle.
  • Install a vehicle recovery system such as GPS or Lojack. Quick recovery reduces the chance that a stolen vehicle will sustain damage.
  • Abandoned vehicles are a prime target for arsonists. If you see an abandoned car in your neighborhood, report it to the police.
  • If you see a vehicle fire, retreat to a safe distance before calling 911. Do not attempt to return to the vehicle to retrieve other items.
  • Do not open the hood or trunk if you suspect a fire under it, as the additional air may cause the fire to grow suddenly. A fire extinguisher approved for class B or class C fires may be used on a vehicle fire, but only from a safe distance with a clear path of escape.

A Neighborhood Watch group and frequent communication with Police and Fire will send a message to arsonists that they are not welcome in your neighborhood.

On April 30, at approximately 8:50 p.m., Baltimore County Police were dispatched to the 7100 block of Ruthgreen Road, 21244 for a shooting. The investigation has preliminarily revealed that two unidentified male suspects forced their way into a residence and began shooting at the victim. The suspects fled the location in an unknown direction.

The victim was struck at least once by the gunfire. He has been taken to an area hospital where he is being treated. His current condition is unknown.

Baltimore County Police Department Violent Crimes Unit detectives are following up on this investigation. They will be trying to determine if this is a targeted crime.

The Baltimore County Police Department is asking anyone with information about this crime to call (410) 307-2020. Persons with information are also encouraged to contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP, where they may qualify for a reward up to $2,000.00 if the information leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in this case.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

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