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Date: Jun 2018

Baltimore County Police are reminding drivers to keep their vehicle doors locked and to never store their keys in the vehicle, including a spare key to another vehicle, while it's unattended. Doing so could lead to items being stolen from your vehicle or even your vehicle being stolen.

Don't provide an opportunity for a criminal. Many times all it takes is for a suspect to walk through a neighborhood and pull on your car handle to see if it's unlocked. If it is unlocked, your valuables are at risk to be stolen. A spare key stored in your vehicle could leave you with your car being stolen.

Leaving Your Car Running Unattended is Illegal

Leaving your car running with the keys in the ignition not only leaves your car at risk to be stolen, but it is also illegal.

Vehicles left running outside homes, in front of convenience stores and at gas pumps present an easy target for car thieves. Always take your keys with you and secure your vehicle, even for a short trip into the store.

Maryland Annotated Vehicle Code prohibits an operator of a vehicle to leave a vehicle running and unattended unless the operator:

  • is in charge of a motor vehicle that has had the engine started using a remote keyless ignition system and has been operating unattended for up to five consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion; or
  • allows a motor vehicle that is locked and on private property, not open to the public, to operate unattended for up to five consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion.

Penalties and Fines

Did you know that leaving a vehicle alone with the engine running is against the law? Officers can issue a ticket that is accompanied by a $70 fine and one point against your driving record. Unattended, running vehicles also pose a safety hazard. If the vehicle slips out of gear and causes an accident, you could be issued a ticket with a $110 fine and three points against your driving record.

Make sure your vehicle doors are locked at all times, spare keys are not left in the vehicle and the vehicle is not left running unattended.

Baltimore County needs information from victims of the Memorial Day weekend flooding in order to seek federal aid, including low-interest disaster loans.

Federal aid is available only after disaster-stricken jurisdictions document damages and meet certain loss thresholds. Baltimore County's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is beginning this documentation process for the Memorial Day storm.

Emergency Management officials need information from homeowners, renters and businesses who suffered uninsured or grossly under-insured damage to buildings, land, personal property or business inventories. Such victims of the recent flooding should contact emergencymanagement@baltimorecountymd.gov.

The  deadline for providing information to Emergency Management officials is Friday, June 29, 2018.

Storm victims should provide:

  • Location of the affected properties
  • Type of loss
  • Value of property affected
  • Estimated losses and the extent to which they were covered by insurance
  • Contact information

The Documentation Process

Storm victims should note that, in providing this information, they are not applying for aid.

Rather, they are assisting Emergency Management officials with the documentation needed for Baltimore County to qualify for federal aid. Storm victims' information will be provided to the U.S. Small Business Administration, which will work with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Baltimore County Emergency Management to determine if the losses are significant enough to qualify for the Disaster Loan Program.

The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to business of all sizes, private and non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters. If the SBA approves Baltimore County for disaster aid, loans may be used to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery, equipment, inventory and business assets damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.

Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III has promoted eight members to the rank of Fire Lieutenant. 

Congratulations to the following:

  • Fire Apparatus Driver Operator (FADO) Kevin Bollinger
  • FADO Kevin Cunningham 
  • Fire Specialist Jessica Greaver
  • Fire Specialist Travis Francis
  • FADO Salliann Muscella
  • Fire Specialist Manuel Ortez
  • PM/FF April Owens
  • FADO Jacob Stuart

The promotions are effective July 8, 2018.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017