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Date: May 28, 2014

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who will take a vacation this summer, it’s important for you to add home security to your travel safety checklist. There are simple precautions you can take to keep your home protected from both theft and damage. Just a few extra minutes spent securing your home will help give you the peace of mind to enjoy your trip.

Lock all doors and windows

While most people remember to lock the main door of the home, it’s important to check all the entry points to the house. This includes sliding doors, basement doors, and the interior door that leads to the garage. It’s also essential to close and lock the windows on each level of your home, not just the ground floor.

Turn off electronics

To help save on energy costs and avoid potential hazards, turn off and unplug small electronics while you’re away. Examples would be items such as a toaster, coffee maker, hair dryer or fan. Larger electronics such as computers and televisions should be plugged into a surge protector in case of sudden power loss. To avoid water damage, make sure you didn’t leave any taps or faucets running.

Perform a maintenance check

Check to be sure there are fresh batteries in your smoke detectors. Make sure that exterior lights have working bulbs to keep the property illuminated at night. Additionally, a little bit of landscaping goes a long way in protecting your home. Trimming the trees, bushes or hedges around the house will eliminate places that a potential burglar could hide.

Notify a neighbor

Tell a trusted neighbor the dates you’re leaving and returning home. If they know you’re out of town, they’ll be more likely to notice and report suspicious activity. If you’ll be away for more than a day, ask if they’re willing to collect your mail and newspapers. A pile of unclaimed mail is a red flag for would-be thieves that nobody is home. If there is no one available to collect your mail, you can also speak with the post office about stopping mail delivery for the duration of your trip.

Don’t broadcast your location

Social media sites are great ways to keep in touch with friends and family, but they’re also great tools for burglars to use in choosing targets. Don’t post photos or statements that would let someone know that you’re away from home. You should also refrain from using a location “check-in” app that places you out of town. If you want to keep in touch with a friend or family member while you’re away, do so using a more private form of communication such as an email or text message.

Additional crime prevention tips for homeowners during the warm weather months are available online.

UPDATE (May 28):

Baltimore County Police have charged two men in connection with the May 23 shooting in Reisterstown that left a man injured.

  • Darrell Maurice Wyche (21) of the Unit block of Woodstream Court in Owings Mills.
  • Justin Lloyd Faison (19) of the 100 block of Royalty Circle in Owings Mills.

Both men have been charged with attempted first degree murder, armed robbery, and related charges. Both are being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Investigators determined that Darrell Maurice Wyche and Justin Lloyd Faison followed the victim to his home in the 200 block of Parkholme Circle 21136 from a bank and confronted him. The suspects shot the victim once and took his wallet before fleeing the scene.

Original release (May 24):

The Baltimore County Police Department is investigating a Friday afternoon shooting in Reisterstown that left a man injured.

At 2:56 p.m., Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to a home in the 200 block of Parkholme Circle 21136 for a shooting. When officers arrived at the location, they discovered an adult male suffering from a single gunshot wound to the upper body.

The male was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. His current condition is unknown.

The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that the suspects entered the victim’s home through an unlocked front door and confronted him. During the confrontation, the victim was shot in the upper body. The suspects then fled the scene.

This incident is under active investigation by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit. Investigators believe that the victim was targeted.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers

If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers.
If you have information on the above crime/suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24-hours a day toll free.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip:

Booking photo for Darrell Maurice Wyche

Booking photo for Justin Lloyd Faison

Revised June 27, 2017