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Posted on August 29, 2017 by Admin
From Captain Jay Landsman:
 
Over the course of the last week, there was a break in the cat burglary cases in the Rodgers Forge and Ridgeleigh communities. Our officers quickly put this information in the hands of detectives from the Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit. Upon further investigation, two suspects were charged with the cases in Rodgers Forge, Ridgeleigh, and other parts of the County. More information will be coming out regarding these suspects. At this time, they do not appear to have any ties to our precinct.
 
While this is certainly good news, I encourage all residents to continue their commitment to take basic crime prevention steps to shrink the window of opportunity for other criminals.
Crime Prevention Tips:
 
 
Thank you all so much for everything you did to move this investigation forward,
 
Jay
Captain Jay Landsman, Jr.
Commander
Precinct 6 / Towson
Baltimore County Police Department
115 W. Susquehanna Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
Desk (410) 887-5507
Posted on August 22, 2017 by Admin
If you've been parking in the RF Elementary parking lot over the summer, school administrators want you to know that teachers return Friday, so please don't park in the lot Thursday night and beyond. Thanks!   
Posted on August 11, 2017 by Admin
Several changes to the architectural guidelines will be voted on at the Sept. 13, 2017, meeting of the RFCA. (Sheds, decks, lawns, and doors.) To view the proposed changes, click here
 
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
Posted on August 8, 2017 by Admin
CANCELLED because of rain forecast. We'll try again Sept. 8.
 
Bring a chair or blanket and join your neighbors for a free showing of "Moana" on Aug. 12 at 8:00 PM. The movie will be showing outside behind Rodgers Forge Elementary. The Miss Twist ice cream truck will also be there selling treats. See you there! -Paul Matino and Kris Henry, RFCA
Posted on August 5, 2017 by Admin
Hi all --
 
You might have seen that another home was burglarized, while people were home, last night on Murdock. Here are a few things to note:
 
- A resident has created a sign-up form for neighborhood watch. This is not formally affiliated with Citizens on Patrol or the RFCA, but it is a great idea and I know I will be signing up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c45a9aa2ea0fa7-rodgers
 
- Captain Landsman of the 6th precinct will be at the Aug. 9 RFCA meeting to discuss the spike in crime. Please join us in hearing more about what has occurred, what police are doing, and what we as residents can do. 7 pm at Woodbrook Baptist, 25 Stevenson Lane.
 
- Keep your doors and windows locked, and porch lights on.
 
- If you don't have a security system, such as SimpliSafe or ADT, you might consider getting something like this at Home Depot or Lowe's: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Defiant-Wireless-Home-Security-Motion-Sensing-Alarm-THD-MS/205595570 Even if you just set it to "chime" it can alert you if someone has entered your home. I am not endorsing this product or promising it will work, but it could possibly add a layer of security.
 
- I know people have had good luck with outdoor cameras, such as the Nest outdoor camera. The RFCA will be looking into the possibility of getting residents a discount if we buy a large quantity (of Nest or another brand). I would like to get Captain Landsman's advice on this and other measures.
 
- If you have neighbors that you think are not online reading NextDoor or the RFCA's Facebook page or blog, please let them know what's going on in the neighborhood so they know to be especially cautious.
 
- The following are crime-prevention tips from Capt. 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!
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Thanks,
Kris Henry
president, RFCA
Posted on August 4, 2017 by Admin
From Rob Williams of Citizens on Patrol: "In 2014, I was alerted to the wireless-motion sensor spotlight company Mr. Beams. Since then, hundreds of neighbors have purchased spotlights. I'm excited to announce a new discount code is available to residents. Through September 30, 2017, residents can receive 25% off their purchase from www.mrbeams.com Use the code RODGERSFORGE Free shipping is available. C.O.P. volunteers have installed dozens of lights for free & that offer still stands for anyone who needs installation assistance. You will have to place the order. For the alleyway or in your yard, I recommend the following models, the MB3000, the MB390 & the MB380. You can find out more about each spotlight on the website. Remember, they are battery operated! Feel free to reach out to me at robertw613@gmail.com." Note: Home Depot and Lowe's (and maybe Ayd Hardware?) sell these kinds of lights, too. 
Posted on August 1, 2017 by Admin
NOTE: Captain Landsman will be at the Aug. 9 RFCA meeting to discuss recent crime. 7 pm at Woodbrook Baptist, 25 Stevenson Lane. 
 
Precinct 6 Communities,
 
It has been a tough week in the Towson Precinct, while we did arrest 3 juveniles for the street robbery near Banbury Road and Anneslie Road on the 29th, officers and detectives continue to work around the clock to resolve the string of burglaries in the Rodgers Forge community and the commercial robberies we have experienced this week on the east side of the precinct, as well as other cases. I especially want to thank the COP members that our officers and detectives have encountered while patrolling during the overnight hours, which really says a lot about the COP program in Towson. I also want to thank all of the community members who have been so eager to assist in any way they can. We will continue to do everything possible to bring these cases to a speedy conclusion.
 
I have included a list of basic crime prevention tips. Please focus on the burglary prevention tips and take the easy steps to secure your homes and vehicles, and shrink the window of opportunity for the bad guys.   
 
Crime Prevention Tips:
 
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, 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. Both organizations are key partners in our crime fighting efforts.  
Please look out for your friends and neighbors.
 
Thanks,
 
Jay
 
Captain Jay Landsman, Jr.
Commander
Precinct 6 / Towson
Baltimore County Police Department
115 W. Susquehanna Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
Posted on July 31, 2017 by Admin
Captain Jay Landsman, head of the 6th precinct of the Baltimore County Police Department, has agreed to come speak at our next Rodgers Forge Community Association meeting about the rash of burglaries in the neighborhood recently.
 
The meeting will be at 7:00 PM on Aug. 9 at Woodbrook Baptist Church, 25 Stevenson Lane. 
 
Please be mindful of locking windows and doors, and leaving back and front porch lights on. Call 911 if you see anything suspicious. 
 
Baltimore County has a list of crime-prevention measures; see it here.
 
Posted on July 27, 2017 by Admin
If you would like to run for a seat on the Rodgers Forge board, please click here for more information and for the nomination form.
 
We are always looking for residents who would like to help support our great neighborhood!