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There has been a spike in preventable auto thefts throughout Baltimore County. Since July 1, there have been 84 car thefts involving cars left running and unattended as well as keys and spare key fobs left in vehicles. These auto thefts could have been prevented. Leaving a car running, unattended and unlocked are what thieves look for when choosing a vehicle to steal. 

According to the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council, a car is stolen every 45 seconds. It is also reported that 95 percent of vehicles stolen did not have an anti-theft device and more than 60 percent of car thefts occurred at night. Most modern cars are equipped with standard anti-theft features that are beneficial when used. 

Don’t give your car away. If a car is left running and unattended a traffic citation may be issued that carries a $70 fine and one point on a driver’s license. 

Follow these simple tips to avoid having your car stolen:

  • Always lock your car doors
  • Never leave your car running and unattended
  • Remove and secure all valuables
  • Never leave keys in your car. Always take them with you.
  • Make sure your car is equipped with an anti-theft device

Remember, take your keys with you, remove your belongings and lock your doors. These tips are also available on the Department's Public Service Announcement

The next edition of On the Beat, the Baltimore County Police Department's cable TV program, runs through May. This program includes the following segments.

  • JOINS Program – Sergeant Garry Leonard, of the Youth and Community Services Section, explains the importance of this program, which aims at preventing juvenile delinquency by diverting first-time, non-violent offenders from the juvenile justice system.
  • RATT (Regional Auto Theft Task Force) – Sergeant Izaac Hester, of the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, provides insight into the unit's daily activities with a ride along with detectives. He discusses the problem of auto thefts and gives tips to keep your car secure.
  • Unsolved Homicide – Idrissa Derme was fatally shot when making a food delivery on October 15, 2018. Your help is needed in solving this crime.

These segments are available online, if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

On the Beat also airs every day on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

With the cold weather that we have been experiencing recently, Baltimore County Police would like to remind motorists about leaving their cars running and unattended. Maryland Law prohibits leaving an unattended running vehicle. This can result in a potential penalty of a $70 fine and one point on your driving record.

If you leave your car running, there is a strong possibility of your car being stolen and used to commit other crimes. This not only causes a loss to you but could also help thieves victimize others. To learn more: https://t.co/pPR7FBJuO0

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017