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Recap of Captain Landsman's talk to RFCA
Posted on August 10, 2017 by Admin
 
Captain Landsman of Baltimore County Police's 6th precinct spoke last night at the Rodgers Forge Community Association meeting about the spate of burglaries we've experienced lately. Here are the main points he hit, for those that could not attend: 
  • He's never seen an area hit in such a concentrated fashion before. 
  • They are working hard to solve the cases. The investigation is being run out of the burglary unit at police headquarters. 
  • They have extra patrols in Rodgers Forge now. 
  • Police have recovered one stolen vehicle; they are not sure if its theft is related to burglaries. 
  • They are coordinating with city police. 
  • Burglars are going after "soft targets" -- that is, unlocked windows, unlocked doors. 
  • They don't know if the burglars are juveniles or adults. If adults, they are likely heroin addicts looking for quick money. 
  • Citizens on Patrol (COP) is great deterrent to crime. 
  • If you encounter a burglar in your home and you have kids, get in between burglar and kids (such as if burglar is in living room and kids are on second floor, you would be on stairs or at top of stairs) and yell at him/them to get out. Call 911 immediately. Get yourself and other family members out of the house if possible and bang on neighbors' door or call 911. Keep in mind you don't know if the person is on drugs, if he has a weapon, etc. Captain Landsman also indicated a resident's use of a firearm might be permissible, but I don't know the specifics on that, so residents should investigate that further if it is an option they want to pursue. 
  • They have found no connection between the burglaries and BGE workers. 
  • Teens (and everyone) should be careful to not walk around looking at their phones. Be aware of your surroundings and cross to other side of street and away from anyone who seems suspicious. 
  • If you are leaving a store, especially at night, and feel unsafe or see someone watching you, go back in and ask to have a security guard or employee walk you to your car. 
  • If you're having a package delivered, make arrangements for it to not just be sitting out on your porch all day. 
Crime Prevention Tips from Captain Landsman:
 
1. When you are outside in the back yard working, make sure that you do not leave the front door open or unlocked. This is a quick and easy opportunity for thieves.
 
2. Secure your bicycles with a bike lock or bring them inside when not in use. 
 
3. Lock your vehicle and make sure that it is locked before you walk away from it.
 
4. Remove all keys from your vehicles (including keys to other vehicles that may be parked nearby). We have experienced numerous cases that start out as a theft from vehicle and turn into a theft of a vehicle, because keys were left inside.
 
5. Laptops, purses, wallets, phones and other valuables should never be left in a vehicle.
 
6. Flashback to the 1990s and use an anti-theft device like "The Club" or a similar steering wheel lock as another deterrent for thieves.
 
7. Leaving the porch light on or installing motion sensitive lights in the front and back of the house is a deterrent for suspects, who want to operate under the cover of darkness.  
 
8. Trim branches and hedges away from windows and doorways to eliminate areas where suspects can avoid being seen as they attempt to break into your house.
 
9. Make sure that your doors have a lock on the handle and a deadbolt lock. If there is a window next to the door handle, the deadbolt should be a double key lock and not a thumb lock on the inside. This will prevent a burglar from reaching in and unlocking the door. The key should be hung in a place where your family can find it easily in the event of an emergency. You can also add an additional sliding latch lock or chain on the inside of your door pretty inexpensively.
 
10. Placing a piece of wood or metal in the track of your sliding glass doors and windows can make entry to your home much more difficult for criminals. An inexpensive dowel rod cut into pieces that fit into your window or sliding door track could accomplish this step. 
 
11. If you have an attached garage, lock the door leading from the garage to your house, even when the garage door is closed. If a thief gains entry to your garage, you do not want to give them easy access to your house. If you do not park your car inside the garage and you have a garage door opener in your car, do not leave the garage door opener in the car unattended.
 
12. Take a look out your window throughout the day and if you happen to get up in the middle of the night. If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call 911 to report it!
 
To schedule a residential security survey of your house, contact our Community Outreach Team at (410) 887-5933.
Please consider attending the next Police Community Relations Council Meeting and or joining the Towson Area Citizens on Patrol (https://towsonareacop.wordpress.com/).
 
Rodgers Forge Citizens on Patrol, which is a separate entity from the RFCA, can be reached here: 
 
Captain Landsman: jlandsman@baltimorecountymd.gov or 410-887-3143
Community Outreach Officer Halley: ahalley@baltimorecountymd.gov or 410-887-5933
Emergency: 911 
Non-emergency: 410-887-2222
Precinct 6 (Towson) 410-887-2361
Comments
Comment By: Martin Sherman
Posted on August 10, 2017

Can the RFCA investigate placing video cameras in Road and alley entrances with posted signs through out the community?