Skip Navigation

COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

Public Safety News

 

Baltimore County Police and Fire News

Official News Blog of Baltimore County police, fire, homeland security and emergency management. Call 911 to report crimes in progress and emergencies.
Keyword: vehicle

Baltimore County Police are investigating a pedestrian-involved crash that occurred last Friday, August 28 at 9:28 p.m. Pedestrian Gabrielle Harmony Durham (31), of no fixed address, attempted to abruptly cross the 8200 block of Pulaski Highway when she was struck by a Chevrolet Silverado traveling westbound. Durham was not in a crosswalk. The driver of the vehicle stopped and remained at the scene.

Durham was transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma for treatment of life threatening injuries. She succumbed to her injuries on Monday, August 31.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Team is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding this fatal crash.

UPDATE (August 12, 2020 7:23 p.m.):

photo of vehicle

Investigators from the Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team are releasing a photo of an older model sedan believed to have been involved in the July 22 hit-and-run crash in Rosedale that left a woman critically injured.

The victim, a 39-year-old woman, was on the westbound side of Pulaski Highway west of Chesaco Avenue around 12:30 a.m. when she was struck by a vehicle. The vehicle made no attempt to stop and continued driving in the direction of Baltimore City. The woman remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Investigators from the Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team are asking anyone who may recognize this vehicle, may have seen any portion of the incident or who may have information regarding this incident to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Original (July 23, 2020 4:47 p.m.):

Police Search for Clues in Hit-and-Run of Woman in Rosedale

Baltimore County Police are asking for help from the public in finding the vehicle that hit a woman and fled the scene early Wednesday morning.

The woman, 39, was on the westbound side of Pulaski Highway just west of Chesaco Avenue in Rosedale around 12:30 a.m. yesterday morning when she was struck by a vehicle. The vehicle made no attempt to stop and continued driving in the direction of Baltimore City. The woman was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition.

Investigators from the Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team are asking anyone who may have seen any portion of the incident or who may have information regarding this incident to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Even during a pandemic, criminals will steal items from your vehicle or steal the car entirely if you give them the opportunity. Don't let your guard down while following the order to stay at home.

Keeping your valuables safe is easy. Follow these simple tips to avoid being a victim.

  • Lock the vehicle! Criminals are opportunists. It's easy for them to walk down the street and jiggle car handles until one opens.
  • Remove items from plain view to reduce someone's desire to break into it. Bring your laptop, wallet, loose change and other valuables inside your home.
  • Bring spare keys inside. If your house keys are on the same ring as your car key, you could make it easy for a criminal to break into your home, as well.
  • Store the garage door opener out of sight. If left in an open vehicle, a burglar could use it to access the garage and steal power tools, bikes and other valuables. If you have an attached garage, you could be giving a thief an open invitation to enter that, as well.
  • Keep your windows rolled up when you park your vehicle to prevent someone from simply reaching in to gain access.

Remember to be a good neighbor. If you see anyone who looks suspicious in your neighborhood, call 911 with their description for an immediate police response. Suspicious behaviors or information about a possible crime that does not require immediate assistance can be submitted on the Department's iWatch Baltimore County tip reporting system, even anonymously.

Leaving Your Vehicle Running Unattended is Illegal

There might not be as many people visiting the store because of the coronavirus but that doesn't mean it's safe to leave your vehicle running with the keys in the ignition by itself while you dash inside. It not only leaves your car at risk to be stolen, but it is also illegal.

Maryland Annotated Vehicle Code prohibits an operator of a vehicle to leave a vehicle running and unattended unless the operator:

  • is in charge of a motor vehicle that has had the engine started using a remote keyless ignition system and has been operating unattended for up to five consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion; or
  • allows a motor vehicle that is locked and on private property, not open to the public, to operate unattended for up to five consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion.

It's The Law

Did you know that leaving a vehicle alone with the engine running is against the law? Officers can issue a ticket that is accompanied by a $70 fine and one point against your driving record. Unattended, running vehicles also pose a safety hazard. If the vehicle slips out of gear and causes an accident, you could be issued a ticket with a $110 fine and three points against your driving record.

Make sure your vehicle doors are locked at all times, spare keys are not left in the vehicle and the vehicle is not left running unattended.

 
 
Revised October 16, 2020               
A new website for Baltimore County

We're working to provide you with a better experience, and want your feedback. Learn more about our project and give your feedback.