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While most of us are adhering to the order of staying inside during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are times when we must go out.

Be aware that criminals are not staying indoors. They are waiting for you to let your guard down when approaching your vehicle.

Avoid being a victim of a carjacking or robbery with these tips.

  • Look around when approaching your vehicle. If someone is walking toward you or standing by your vehicle in a parking lot that is nearly empty, walk away. If you feel that you're in immediate danger, scream and run into a store if one is nearby.
  • Stay off your cellphone while walking. That distraction makes you a prime target for a robbery or carjacking. That phone call can wait until you are in the store, your home, or locked safely in your car.
  • Lock your car or home door as soon as you get inside.
  • Park in well lit areas if you are out at night.
  • Avoid parking near trees or bushes if possible as they allow for criminals to hide and wait until you are at your vehicle.
  • Have your keys ready ahead of time. Don't fumble for them as you are walking through a parking lot or entering your home. That gives a criminal more time to approach you.
  • Do not engage the car’s unlocking system until you are at the door of the vehicle. You don't want to point out where you are headed and which vehicle is yours in the lot.
  • Ask for an escort or security staff to walk with you to your car if you feel uncomfortable when leaving a store or other place of business.
  • Look inside your vehicle before you enter it to make sure no one is hiding in the front or back seat.

Dial 911 if you feel threatened! Criminals are not working from home so you must stay alert when venturing outside.

Remember to keep your distance, wash your hands and stay inside.

The world is sharing a common enemy – COVID-19. In Maryland, as in other states, we have been told to stay put and to only go out for the essentials, such as food and medications. This has us feeling off kilter and, in some cases, alone.

Do something that will keep your mind occupied on something other than the news.

  • Read a book that has been sitting on your end table forever. Today is the day to crack it open.
  • Take out that cookbook and be creative. Go online to find thousands of recipes for everyone’s taste.
  • Drag out that guitar that’s been sitting in the closet.
  • Keep a journal for future generations.
  • Take a walk with your pet.
  • Use that camera you got as a gift to take pictures of your neighborhood. Those photos can be used later to make a calendar or gift for someone.
  • Watch shows that are entertaining, educational and funny. Laughter is a great stress relief!
  • Gardening is great this time of year. Now is a great time to get the flower beds ready for planting.

This could be an adjustment for those who are working from home for the first time. Heed advice from professionals that will help you remain productive.

  • Establish a daily routine. If you shower every morning, do so now.
  • Wear jewelry and makeup if it makes you feel better.
  • Get out of your pajamas and dress for work.
  • Clock in, check your emails and follow your daily work routine as much as possible.
  • Take a break throughout the day. You can still interact with your co-workers via text, email or a phone call. This interaction is important as it's always been a part of your daily work life.
  • Seek out an app that features meditation and calming sounds to use when you're feeling stressed and overwhelmed. 
  • Stretch throughout the day to keep your blood flowing.
  • Breathe deeply and concentrate on what makes you happy.

What we do today will help us in the future.

Keep washing your hands, stay inside and observe social distancing.

Effective immediately, Baltimore County Fire Department medic units and ambulances will not allow family members to ride with patients to local hospitals. This change is necessary because all Baltimore area hospitals have limited or completely restricted visitor access as a safety measure during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

In rare instances and depending on the patient's circumstances, BCoFD will transport a family member with the understanding that the family member will remain outside the hospital, pending direction by hospital staff.

BCoFD  appreciates the public's patience as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Revised June 27, 2017