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Detectives are investigating a Middle River shooting that seriously injured a 27-year-old man.

The incident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. today in an apartment in the 3800 block of Dunsmuir Circle, 21220, in  Precinct 11/Essex.

An investigation by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit shows that two men knocked on the door of apartment and announced a robbery as soon as the victims --the man and a 20-year-old female companion -- answered the door. One of the suspects displayed a handgun, and both suspects entered the apartment. The male victim was shot during a brief struggle. He is in surgery at an area hospital.

The suspects fled on foot with an unknown amount cash.

Police are trying to determine whether this was a targeted crime. Anyone with information about this case should contact BCoPD at 410-307-2020.

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.

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