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Beautiful autumn weather, open windows and burglaries

Fall temperatures are usually comfortable. Not too hot, not too cold. No air conditioning to keep us cool, no furnace running to keep us warm and low energy bills. Perfect!

Opening windows and doors is a nice way to let in some fresh air. However, it can be an open invitation to an opportunistic burglar.

Some newer storm windows have locks that allow you to raise them up about six inches, then lock. If you are thinking about buying new windows, ask the representative about that feature.

Many alarm systems offer video surveillance both inside and outside the home. As a consumer you have choices on the type of security you want and can afford. There are some that you may have seen on television that attaches a video camera to the doorbell. This is very popular, it is simple to install and comes with various applications.

If you can’t afford or are not ready for this type of security, here are some things you can do to make you and yours safer when home and away.

  • Landscaping can be a deterrent to burglars.
    •  Plant thorny bushes close to your windows. The bushes should be cut just below the window. This allows you to see out, while making it uncomfortable for criminals to climb in.
    • Keep bushes and trees around doorways cut low. This keeps would-be burglars in view when coming and going. It gives the criminal no place to hide.
  • Outside lighting is essential to crime prevention.
    • Install sensor lights around your home and property. This includes your outside buildings, such as sheds and garages. Some sensor lights come with sensor cameras, making your home even more secure.
    • Leave porch lights on overnight. Criminals steer clear of bright lights.
  • Buy timers for your indoor lights. This is a cheap and practical deterrent to burglars. Set each timer for a different time. When home, we turn on lights in different rooms and different times.
  • Lock your front door when you are in the back yard and the same applies when you are in the front yard. Lock both doors when you are in the house.
  • Lock your vehicles and never leave keys in the car. If a thief gets into your vehicle and finds the keys, it can lead to a burglary rather than a vehicle break-in.
  •  It is a good idea to bring in the garage opener, especially if the garage is attached to the house.

Get together with neighbors and establish a neighborhood watch. If everyone is looking out for each other, we can cut down on crime.

Police are asking for assistance from the public in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for thousands of dollars in damage to residents' doors and windows last weekend.

Between Friday night, February 24 and Sunday morning, February 26, the Essex precinct received 26 reports of property damage in the form of vehicle windows, storm doors, sliding glass doors, and a few business' front windows being shot out by someone with a pellet gun. The Dundalk precinct experienced a similar situation, with 34 calls for broken car windows, storm doors, and even the front window of a McDonald's on North Point Boulevard, also attributed to the use of a pellet gun.

The suspect(s) struck mostly during the overnight hours on Friday and Saturday night. Police warn residents this weekend to stay alert and report any suspicious vehicles or persons they see immediately by dialing 9-1-1.

Anyone who may have information regarding any of these crimes is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Anyone with information on this case can also submit a tip to Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. For more information on other ways to contact Metro Crime Stoppers, as well as information on rewards offered by or through them, check their website at 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.

The Investigative Service Units at Precincts 11 and 12 continue to investigate these crimes.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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