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Date: Aug 27, 2020

Imagine walking out to get into your car, and finding it's gone.

The thought causes instant anxiety, knowing that you are stranded wherever you are, without the convenience of your own transportation. Having your vehicle stolen, or even your property taken from inside your vehicle, is a personal violation that is very expensive, not only costing you money, but costing you time and your sense of security.

If there were a magic button that you could push to save you all of these expenses, would you push it? Well, there is! It was actually invented in 1914 but wasn't made common until it was included on luxury automobiles in 1956. In fact, it is now standard on almost every automobile. It's the power door lock! Just one touch and your vehicle and possessions can be safe from thieves!

Lock Your Doors

Did you know that the majority of property reported stolen from a vehicle in Baltimore County involves incidents where the doors were left unlocked? Thieves can make quick work of a densely populated parking lot simply by checking door handles. Apartment complexes and townhome communities offer thieves the opportunity to quickly check many vehicles in a short amount of time, walking away with the maximum dividends for their efforts. Push that magic button and double check that your vehicle doors are locked before you leave it parked in a public place and once you are home for the evening. 

Remove Your Property

Don't give a thief a reason to target your vehicle - make sure to keep all of your possessions out of sight. Safely lock things away in a trunk, or, better yet, make sure that you take all of your possessions with you when you leave your vehicle. Leaving things like shopping bags, duffel bags or backpacks where they can be seen in your vehicle bring the possibility of valuable property to would-be thieves and make it more likely that your car will be targeted.

Prevent Theft

Never leave a spare key or a garage door opener in your vehicle. Once a thief has gained access to the inside of your car, they can now take the car or gain access to your garage or home to commit a burglary. There is nowhere inside a vehicle that a thief won't find your hidden keys during a quick search.

Also, never leave your vehicle running unattended. Use a remote starter for climate control during the hot and cold months. And remember, a thief will be just as quick to take your vehicle from your driveway as they will be to take it from the street. They're a criminal, after all, so trespassing onto your property isn't even a consideration to them.

If you have to make a quick run into a convenience store, make sure you aren’t inconvenienced by returning to a missing vehicle. Crack the windows to allow for air flow if necessary and take your keys with you. It takes only seconds for a thief to make off with your car, and your possessions. Keep this in mind when stopping by to pick up take-out orders during the pandemic, as well. One young woman recently learned how fast a thief can make off with your car, and your most valuable possessions, when her car and dog were stolen just feet from where she was paying for her menu order! You can read more on that by clicking here (spoiler alert: the dog was eventually returned safe!)

According to the Maryland State Police Vehicle Theft Prevention Council 50% of the vehicles stolen in Maryland had keys left inside the vehicle, and 60% were left unlocked. Also, 95% of vehicles stolen did not utilize any type of anti-theft device. A simple steering wheel lock can not only prevent the theft of your vehicle, but also your airbag, which is an emerging trend here in Baltimore County.

Save yourself the expense of money, time, and stress. Press that magic button and keep your vehicle and your possessions safe from opportunistic thieves, and help to cut the occurrence of  these crimes in half!

You can find additional safety tips on how to keep your property safe on our website and similar safety videos on our YouTube channel.

UPDATE (August 27, 2020 2:35 p.m.):

The female passenger in a motorcycle crash on Holobird Avenue August 11 died shortly after the crash. She is identified by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as Lanayah Monique Rodriquez, age 21. 

The Crash Investigation Team is continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.

Original Release (August 11, 2020 11:06 p.m.):

Police Investigating Serious Injury Crash in Dundalk Tonight

Baltimore County Police are investigating a motorcycle crash in Dundalk tonight that left two people with life-threatening injuries.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on August 11 police responded to Holabird Avenue and East Avenue, 21222 for a call of a motorcycle crash. The preliminary investigation revealed that the motorcycle was traveling East on Holabird Avenue, passing stopped traffic on the right side.

A Chevrolet Impala made a right turn from northbound East Avenue onto eastbound Holabird Avenue. The motorcycle struck the front of the Chevrolet causing serious injury to the driver and passenger of the motorcycle. Both were transported to local hospitals with life-threatening injuries.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Team is continuing their investigation into this incident. 

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Baltimore County Police are continuing to investigate an early morning shooting in the Woodlawn Precinct that injured a man.

Officers responded to a disturbance at the Shell Gas Station in the 1600 block of North Forest Park Avenue, 21207 at 1:33 a.m. when a man began banging on the windows of the business. Police determined that the man was suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the upper body. He was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene and determined that the victim, an adult man, was inside his vehicle at one of the gas pumps when the suspect approached and began shooting at the victim, then fled the scene. Detectives believe this is a targeted crime and there is no additional threat to the community.

Anyone who may have additional information is asked to contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards of up to $2000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Mobile App: P3TIPS

 
 
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