The Baltimore County Police Department reminds citizens that we are still out to protect and serve the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, criminals are still out too. Follow some basic crime prevention tips to stay safe and prevent a burglary. 

  • Lock all doors and windows. That includes second story windows and doors. Criminals have been known to use ladders to reach another level.
  • Set up a security system if possible. It not only lets you know if someone is trying to get inside your home but can also act as a fire alarm. Today’s technology makes it easy to install and some are inexpensive.
  • Leave outdoor lights on at night. The greatest risk to a burglar is being seen.
  • Use motion detector lights in the back and on the sides of your home.
  • Always keep your front door lights turned on.
  • Keep lights turned on inside your home. This makes the criminal think twice before attempting to enter. They will think someone is inside and they certainly don't want to be seen.
  • Keep large plants away from the porch or entrance of your home. Burglars can hide behind them while you're approaching your door. Plant thorny bushes below windows as a deterrence to criminals wanting to enter your home.
  • Lock attached screened-in porches, garages and sheds too.
  • Attach a chain to your bicycles, lawn equipment, grills and other large items.  This time of year, thieves are looking for seasonal items and don't want to waste valuable time messing with a lock.
  • Neighbors should keep a watchful eye to spot criminals and alert police to any unusual activity in the community. If you see someone in the neighborhood who looks suspicious, call 911.

Keep Your Business Safe

Businesses should also use the following crime prevention measures as well as the ones from above.

  • Contact your local precinct to complete a Night Card Contact Information card. This will allow an officer to contact a business representative if something happens at your store when it is closed. Each precinct maintains a list of all businesses in the area and their 24-hour contact information.
  • Remove anything outside like a ladder or wooden boxes that a thief could use to access a second level. Keep dumpsters as far away from the building as convenient.
  • Keep lights on inside, especially near the cash registers and safe. It may sound counterproductive to have lights over a safe, but this makes the burglar think twice before trying to open it. It takes time to open a safe and thieves don’t have time.
  • Check your alarm system for glitches. Is your video system updated and working? Video of a thief at work helps our officers find the criminals and lock them up.
  • Keep windows clear of signs and promotional materials at convenience stores. This helps the patrol officer see into your store during business checks.
  • Light the parking lot and front of the store or business. Customers want to feel safe when they visit your business. Lighting is a cheap and simple method to allay those fears.
  • Get to know surrounding business owners and managers in case you need to call on one another for assistance or something appears amiss.

Just because we are experiencing strange times doesn’t mean that crime stops. The Baltimore County Police Department is still here to help and protect everyone.

Be safe and remember to keep washing your hands!