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Date: May 2018

There is no special time of year for criminals to commit a burglary. However, spring and summer make it easier to steal valuables right from under us.

Stop criminals before they strike. Do these easy steps and you’ll keep what belongs to you.

  • Lock your vehicles whenever you park, whether in your driveway or on the street. Thieves go straight to the glove box and other storage areas looking for valuables – even loose change in plain view.
  •  Don’t leave extra keys in the vehicle. Some thieves have used spare keys to steal the vehicle or others at the same address.
  • The spare keys can also be used to make entry your home. This puts you and your family at risk if they get into your home.
  • Have online and other delivery services leave your packages at a designated location. You can specify your work address or a neighbor’s address. Thieves drive through neighborhoods looking for goods left on porches or doorsteps.
  • Always put lawn equipment in a locked shed or garage. If that isn’t possible, store the equipment in your basement.
  • Children’s toys are easy targets, especially bicycles. Put the toys in a locked shed or locked garage. Bring in toys at night or when you will be away for any length of time.

Use your storage areas to keep your valuables safe and use locks and other deterrents such as lighting to keep thieves away.

Don’t help the bad guys. Lock it up!

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Baltimore County Fire crews today are assessing damage from yesterday's storms, which caused severe flooding throughout the County. The Catonsville area was hardest hit.

Catonsville received more than 10 inches of rainfall -- more than nearby Ellicott City in Howard County, which was devastated by flash floods for the second time in less than two years. (Ellicott City sits at the bottom of a stream valley and next to the Patapsco River.) 

BCoFD also responded to numerous calls in the Turner Station community of Dundalk, but the flooding there was fairly typical of what a heavy rain event brings.

No one has been reported missing in Baltimore County, and no serious injuries have been reported.

Fire and rescue crews were fully deployed and worked non-stop from start of this weather event, which began around 2 p.m. Sunday. As the situation worsened, mutual aid swiftwater units from Allegany and Harford counties were brought in to assist our swiftwater teams (from the Texas Fire Station, Kingsville VFC and Arbutus VFC). 

Three people were rescued Sunday afternoon from a rock in the middle of the Gunpowder River.

Across the County and until late Sunday evening, crews were dispatched to dozens of calls for vehicles trapped in rising water, flooded basements, washed-out roads and other flood-related issues.

​BCoFD officials strongly urge residents not to drive to disaster areas to inspect the damage. This creates a risk to bystanders and hampers rescue and other emergency response efforts.

Aftermath

This morning, Fire crews began "windshield" assessments of storm damage throughout the County. 

Baltimore County's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management oversees storm recovery efforts, including advice and aid for residents affected by flooding. Information about federal aid for storm victims will be provided as it becomes available.

Residents who feel they have a flood-related emergency should call 911.

​Post-flood safety is a serious concern at this time, said Division Chief Jay Ringgold, who oversees the Office of HSEM. Major concerns include:

  • ​Danger of electrocution from damaged electrical systems
  • Danger of electrocution from downed power lines
  • Health risks associated with  polluted floodwaters, including contaminated food
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning from damage to fuel-burning appliances
  • Risk of fire or explosion from dislodged or damaged propane tanks
  • Assorted chemical hazards
  • Attempting to drive on damaged or flooded roads

If you are a flood victim, review these resources for important information about post-flood safety:


 

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017