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Shed and garage burglaries and what to do to prevent them

There has been an uptick in shed burglaries in the last month. It is happening in three precincts in particular: Precincts 6/Towson, 8/Parkville and 9/White Marsh. The burglaries have occurred mostly in the afternoon and overnight hours, particularly in the Overlea area.

Baltimore County police advise residents and business owners to make sure sheds have sturdy doors and windows, and to use locks, even when residents are home. Sounds simple, but doors and windows are often forgotten about if we are home and make for easy targets of quick burglars taking what they can easily carry or conceal.

Burglars know which locks work, and which ones don't work. One burglar told officers that hidden shackle locks are very effective at keeping unwanted criminals out. Shackle locks are often used on tractor trailer doors but they can be used on sheds and other structures easily accessed from outside.

They work well because there is no real easy or practical way to cut the lock off with a bolt cutter. Prying them out of a door is time consuming and loud. The core of the lock is set into the lock. Time is the enemy of a burglar.

Another effective lock is the disc brake lock. You often see them attached to ATVs and dirt bikes to thwart theft.

The lock attaches to a wheel on the bike or All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV). For those who want added security, there are disc brake locks that have a built-in motion detector alarm. These locks can be purchased on-line, at motorcycle shops, and some home improvement stores. Some stores will even special order these locks.

The locks are inexpensive yet highly effective. The shackle lock starts at $10 and the disc brake lock starts at $15.

Lights are another effective tool

Lights are kryptonite to burglars. The same burglar who talked about locks also told officers that lighting deters theft. They like to work in the dark.

Got a Bike, Lawn Mower and Other Equipment?

Engrave it, Lock it or Lose It

Burglars like to steal things they can sell. In the spring the hot items are lawn equipment, bikes and ATVs.

Here are some suggestions to help keep your property safe:

  • Keep a journal listing the make, model and serial numbers of your bicycle, mower, and other outside equipment. Also take pictures of your property. It will help you when working with police and your insurance company.
  • Engrave your valuables. This is a simple and fast way to mark what is yours when you have to claim your property. Officers suggest using your license number or Maryland ID card. Never use a Social Security number as an ID marker.
  • When storing a bike or ATV in your garage or shed, use one of the locks mentioned earlier. If that doesn’t work, attach them to an inside pole or heavy equipment stored inside. This will make the thief think twice before stealing your property.

For more information and crime prevention tips follow us at: bcopd@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Baltimore County Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a robbery suspect. On March 18, 2018 at 1:25 a.m., the suspect pulled up to the Royal Farms store located in the 6000-block of Falls Road, 21212 driving a stolen white Holiday Inn Express van. The man came into the store, approached the store employee and demanded money from the register. The suspect implied that he had a weapon during the robbery. After taking the money, the suspect fled back to the white van and drove away on Falls Road. The subsequent investigation revealed that the Holiday Inn Express van was stolen from Baltimore city. 

The suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 40 years old, with a beard and medium build. If anyone has information about this robbery suspect, please call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020. 

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

The Baltimore County Police Department will partner with Towson University this weekend to ensure a safe and successful Tigerfest.

Special enforcement patrols will be visible April 20 and 21 in the Donnybrook, Knollwood, Cardiff Hall, Berkshire, The Colony and Kenilworth Avenue apartments areas. Added patrols will be in the Donnybrook area at bar closing time to ensure a smooth transition of pedestrian traffic and minimal impact on the citizens of the Towson community. Towson University will supply additional supplemental funds to assist the Police Department in providing extra police coverage.

The Towson Precinct will have officers stationed throughout the weekend, with fully staffed support units assisting officers with the festival.

Student and Resident Safety a Priority

Officers will patrol affected neighborhoods to address any disorderly and illegal behavior.

Baltimore County Police remind everyone to drink responsibly, make good choices regarding personal safety and respect neighbors who are not participating in the festivities.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017