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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!

October is School Bus Safety Week. From October 16 to 20, public safety officials focus on the importance of laws and regulations designed to keep kids who ride buses safe.

The theme of this year’s campaign, #STOP ON RED! doesn’t suggest that drivers not only stop at stop signs, and red lights but also the red flashing lights on school buses. The law demands it.

Children getting on and off the bus depend on you to do the right thing. You must STOP at the flashing red lights and the extended stop arm. It is the law! Do not pull in front of the bus or pass the bus before the bus gives the go-ahead by turning off the lights and pulling back the arm.

Although motorists may be on the other side of the street from the bus, they must stop unless there is a physical barrier between the two lanes. Children will cross the street after getting off the bus. The same holds true when children are boarding buses. Children are not paying attention to motorists. They are worried about getting to and on the bus in time. It is the motorist’s responsibility to stop and yield to bus riders.

There are penalties for the drivers who disregard the law and put children at risk. Drivers who pass a school bus while the lights are flashing and the stop arm extended could receive a $570 fine and 3 points. For motorists who stop and proceed before the bus lights have stopped, the fine is $570 and 3 points. Drivers who fail to stop and cause an accident may face additional charges.

Observe School Bus Safety Week by stopping when bus lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended. Our children depend on us for their safety.

Schools re-open January 4, 2016 and Baltimore County police will be on the lookout over the next few weeks for drivers who pass school buses that are stopped to pick up or discharge students. Drivers put County children at risk for serious injury or death when passing a stopped school bus.

Maryland law states that vehicles must come to a complete stop on both sides of the street if there is no physical divider or barrier. Drivers may not pass the bus until all lights have ceased flashing.

  • Drivers passing school buses while the lights are flashing will be fined $570 and issued a 3-point penalty on their record.
  • Drivers who stop but then proceed while the lights are flashing will be fined $570 and a 2-point penalty will be charged.
  • If an accident occurs after the driver has stopped then proceeds to pass the bus, he or she will be fined $610 and will be charged 3-points.

Police will be patrolling throughout the County and will ticket drivers who do not obey. When a driver is pulled over, officers will check to see if the person has a valid operator’s license. The vehicle’s registration will be checked as well to see if there are any outstanding tickets. If a driver has a revoked or suspended license, he or she will be taken into custody.

Children don’t always pay attention when crossing the street. Be a responsible driver and stop when a school bus is loading and unloading students.

Revised June 27, 2017