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As the holiday season approaches, it is important now more than ever for each of you to implement personal safety prevention practices if you have not already done so. The holidays tend to draw criminals to our neighborhoods looking for unattended packages on porches and left in cars. As many families travel during this season, burglars look for tell-tale signs of a vacant home and will not think twice about breaking in and ruining your holiday. Some drivers make poor decisions and choose to drive after consuming alcohol making the roads hazardous for all of us. Please ensure you are doing the following:
Try to avoid leaving packages in your cars or having them delivered to your home when no one is there to receive them. REMOVE ALL VALUABLES FROM YOUR CARS, LOCK THEM, AND REMOVE ALL SPARE KEYS!!
Make sure your home appears lived-in if you travel – Lights and/or TV’s on timers, mail and newspapers picked up, neighbors keeping an eye out for suspicious activity.
Park in well-lit areas when shopping. Be alert (this means off the phone) when walking to and from your car, especially when your arms are full of packages.
Ensure that non-alcoholic options are available at home/office parties, and take care of those that over-consume and arrange alternative transportation for them
For the holidays, 2nd District officers will be providing an increased presence at Westfield Montgomery, in addition to the many officers in a secondary employment capacity that are hired directly by the mall. Officers will be on high alert for drunk drivers and extra funds from the MD State Highway Administration will allow us to place officers on overtime to look for drunk drivers and get them off our roads. We will also be participating in the Shop with a Cop program where officers will be strategically placed at shopping areas in Friendship Heights, the central business district and the White Flint/Pike and Rose areas to provide extra security, pass out yellow shopping bags to pedestrians, and respond more promptly to increased service calls. We will be continuing with pedestrian/bicycle/auto enforcement details to gain more cooperation from our walkers/cyclists/drivers with the law.
The officers of the 2nd District will do everything they can to prevent crimes from occurring, but it is each of you that needs to help us by practicing good personal safety habits. We need to work together to keep everyone safe. Many thanks in advance and enjoy the holidays!
Captain David FalcinelliCommander – 2nd District http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/POL/districts/2d/Community/Brochures/CrimeBrochures.html