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  1. The Pikesville Precinct Officer of the Month for November 2014 is Officer Wright...

    The Pikesville Precinct Officer of the Month for November 2014 is Officer Wright. #BCoPD #Precinct4 http://ow.ly/G4sDs ^JW


    November 2014 Officer of The Month
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    The Pikesville Precinct Officer of the Month for November 2014 is Officer Wright.
    2014-12-17T21:10:37+00:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/posts/903997502943715
  2. The December edition of Police Report is now available on our website and will b...

    The December edition of Police Report is now available on our website and will be aired on Cable Channel 25.

    Topics will be holiday and winter crime prevention and community resources.

    http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/videogallery

    More details and a listing of air times for Police Report is available on our news blog:
    http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/PoliceReportHighlightsWinterandHolidayCrimePreventionandCommunityandSchoolResourcesSection
    2014-12-17T14:44:48+00:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/posts/903822079627924

  3. 104th Recruit Class of BCoFD Fire-Rescue Academy
    Thirty-nine members of the 104th Recruit Class began training on August 11, 2014 at the Fire-Rescue Academy in Sparrows Point. They will graduate as Probationary Emergency Medical Technicians.
    2014-12-16T21:03:11+00:00https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.842109385799194.1073741869.583947594948709&type=1
  4. #BCoPD investigate shooting in #Essex. http://ow.ly/FZJkV ^EA

    #BCoPD investigate shooting in #Essex. http://ow.ly/FZJkV ^EA


    Detectives Investigate Shooting in Essex
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    Detectives are investigating a shooting discovered last night by an officer during a traffic stop at Eastern and Mace avenues in Precinct 11/Essex.
    2014-12-16T17:46:28+00:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/posts/903395673003898

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Keyword: safety

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.

April 6 through April 12 is National Victims’ Rights Week. The observance marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Victims of Crime Act.

Through seminars and displays, the Baltimore County Police Department, department volunteers and county residents will bring attention to crimes such as domestic violence, college campus safety, bullying, and crime prevention techniques, as well as elder abuse and relationship abuse.

30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice

The theme for this year’s program, 30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice, honors the achievements made on behalf of crime victims since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act in 1984.

The following is a list of the precincts and the events scheduled for Victims’ Rights Week.

  • Precinct 1/Wilkens will assist the Wilkens Police and Community Relations Organization (WPCRO) with the second annual Transition to College: Be Safe seminar. Expert panelists from local universities will address campus safety, relationship violence, time management, binge drinking, partying, mental health and health center resources. This program is scheduled for April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Baltimore County Public Library in Arbutus, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, 21227. Sergeant Harpster, 410-744-1584, is the contact.

Displays and literature on domestic violence, elder abuse and safety for senior citizens will be available at the Baltimore County Public Library in Arbutus, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, 21227, from April 7-12. Sergeant Harpster, 410-744-1584, is the contact.

  • Precinct 2/Woodlawn will hold a crime prevention presentation and networking event for business managers and owners. This event will take place on April 7 at noon at the Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive, 21133. Call the precinct’s Community Outreach Team at 410-887-4714 to register for the event. Sergeant Askew, 410-887-4714, is the contact.
  • Precinct 3/Franklin will conduct a seminar for students entitled, “Take Back the Night.” Speakers include Domestic Violence Coordinator Officer Darrin Kelly and the Domestic Violence Advocate from the DOVE program, Cassie Offutt. The seminar will take place April 22, at 6 p.m. at Stevenson University, 10945 Boulevard Circle, Owings Mills. Officer Darrin Kelly, 410-887-6985, is the contact.
  • Precinct 4/Pikesville will hand out literature on domestic violence at the Baltimore County Public Library in Pikesville, 1301 Reisterstown Road, 21208, from 1-3 p.m. on April 7. Officer Schultz-Rice, 410-887-6775, is the contact.
      
  • Precinct 6/Towson will set up displays and have handouts available at the Baltimore County Public Library in Loch Raven, 1046 Taylor Avenue, 21234, from April 7-12. The displays will contain information on domestic violence. Brochures on teen dating violence and spousal assault will be distributed. Officer Huncher, 410-887-5933, is the contact.
  • Precinct 7/Cockeysville will plant flowers around the memorial tree at the Cockeysville Precinct, 111 Wight Avenue, 21030, on April 9 at 9 a.m. Lieutenant McGraw, 410-887-1820, is the contact.
  • Precinct 8/Parkville will plant flowers at the Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 9833 Harford Road, 21234, on April 8 at 1 p.m. Officer Goorevitz and Officer Vaughn, 410-887-5439, are the contacts.
  • Precinct 9/White Marsh will tie ribbons on trees in front of the precinct, located at 8220 Perry Hall Boulevard, 21236.

Clothes and other items collected April 6-12 will be donated to the Eastern Family Resource Center and Family Crisis Centers for victims of domestic abuse. Officer Huber, 410-887-5035, is the contact.

  • Precinct 11/Essex will collect donations for the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence. Donations can be dropped off at any time at the Essex Precinct, 216 North Marlyn Avenue, 21221, from April 6-12. The shelter is in need of toiletries, adult and child clothing – including undergarments, non perishable food/snack items, and diapers. Officer Michael Lewis, 410-887-0232, is the contact.
  • Precinct 12/North Point will have displays and presentations centered on domestic violence at the Baltimore County Public Library in Dundalk, 1716 Merritt Boulevard, 21222, from April 7-12. Sergeant Stelmack, 410-887-7337, is the contact.

Two of Central Maryland’s most serious weather disasters – tornadoes and flooding – commonly occur during the spring and summer months.

Local emergency preparedness officials encourage citizens and business owners to take time now to:

  • Review their home and business emergency plans – or to develop one, if they don’t have one.
  • Familiarize themselves with where to go and what to do when tornadoes threaten.
  • Educate licensed drivers to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” when confronted with standing water in roadways.

Flood Safety Awareness Week

Next week, March 16 to 22, is National Flood Safety Awareness Week.

Floods and flash floods take more lives than any other weather disaster. More than half of those fatalities occur when vehicles are swept away by flood waters.

The National Weather Service’s “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” campaign raises awareness about the hazards of attempting to drive through floodwaters. Visit www.floodsafety.noaa.gov for detailed information about this campaign and other flood safety issues.

Also, www.floodsmart.gov – the web site of the National Flood Insurance Program – is an extremely valuable resource about flood risks and flood insurance. The site contains the most recent information on flood maps and allows you to enter your zip code for information about your level of flood risk.

“Now is the time to determine your flood risk and whether you need flood insurance,” said Mark Hubbard, Baltimore County’s Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Tornado Season

Though tornadoes are usually associated with the Midwest, they are fairly common in Maryland as well. The conditions that spawn tornadoes can occur at any time of year, but especially in spring and summer.

Bookmark the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) excellent resource on tornadoes, www.ready.gov/tornadoes. This site includes where to go and what to do when a tornado is sighted.

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