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

The topic in the opening segment is Precinct 9 White Marsh. Captain Chris Kelly, commander of Precinct 9 White Marsh, discusses the daily operations and activities in the White Marsh area of Baltimore County.

The second segment focuses on home safety during the warm weather months. Sergeant Charles Fleet of the Woodlawn Precinct’s Community Outreach Team offers crime prevention tips to help prevent your family from becoming a victim of crime during the vacation and summer season.

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.

Original release (March 9, 2016  8:42 a.m.):

As the weather slowly warms up, the Baltimore County Police Department is warning residents about criminals who use deception to enter homes and steal property.

The suspects are very clever and good at pretending that they are someone that they are not. They will approach their victims and claim that they are from organizations such as Baltimore County, the Water Department, or BGE. They will tell the victim that they need to check something such as water pipes, or need to do some type of inspection. In some cases, the suspects have worn clothing that makes them look authentic such as bright yellow traffic vests and showed identification badges. While one suspect distracts the victim, another suspect will enter the home and steal money, jewelry, and other valuable items.

Baltimore County Police offers the following tips to prevent deception burglaries:

  • Do not allow uninvited repair workers into your home, especially if they want to fix something that you have not noticed is a problem (such as a leaky roof)
  • Do not allow anyone to lead you anywhere in your home or on your property. This can leave other areas of the home unsecure so that a thief can access those areas.
  • If someone claims to be at your home for an inspection, ask for picture identification and contact their company prior to allowing them into your home
  • Keep doors locked when possible to prevent anyone from entering your home while you are outside the house
  • Call 911 immediately if someone attempts to enter your home or you suspect someone is attempting a deception burglary
  • Watch for people offering services in your community and make sure to write down a description of the individuals and their vehicle, including a tag number
  • Older residents and those living alone are often targeted – keep in contact with your neighbors to ensure that they are not victimized
  • Always research companies before hiring them to ensure that they are legitimate companies with a good reputation
  • Report any suspicious persons, vehicles, or activity to police immediately

Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit detectives work very hard to solve these crimes, but they need the public’s help. If you have any information on any deception burglaries, please call police at 410-307-2020.

More crime prevention tips are available on our website.

The Baltimore County Police Department is now accepting applications for its Community Crime Prevention and Youth Activity Grants Program for fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017).

  • Community Crime Prevention grants are available for county Citizens On Patrol groups and other programs aimed at reducing crime.
  • Youth Activity grants are available for programs that provide ongoing, sustained efforts that focus on early intervention and long-term behavior modification of at-risk youth.

Only non-profit groups, community organizations and individuals that operate, or reside in Baltimore County are eligible to receive funding. An application packet that outlines program rules and requirements may be obtained by calling Mr. Sebastian Zito of the Police Department's Grants Management Team at 410-887-5637.

Completed applications must be received no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2015.

 
 

Revised April 6, 2016