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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.
Keyword: safety

The next edition of “Police Report,” the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through October 31.

The opening segment focuses on Baltimore County’s new pedestrian safety campaign “Heads Up – Walk Safe.” In 2013, the number of fatal pedestrian crashes reached a five-year high and in most cases, pedestrian error was a major factor. Lieutenant Steve Troutman and Battalion Chief Jennifer Utz discuss pedestrian crashes in Baltimore County.

The topic in the second segment is seasonal crime prevention and personal safety. Officer Carl Lindhorst of the Community Resources Section provides tips to stay safe.

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.

The next edition of “Police Report,” the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through June 30.

The program focuses on the importance of pedestrian safety, and the laws and rules of the road that help to keep our motorists as well as pedestrians safe. Mr. Bala Akundi, Transportation Engineer for the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, is our guest. He explains how law enforcement and the private sector partner to combat the problem of pedestrian-related crashes.

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.

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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