Friday, October 30, 2009

Information and Alerts from the Baltimore Police Department

The Baltimore Police Department is utilizing NIXLE to send information and alerts to the citizens it serves. They invite you to receive this information by registering with NIXLE. You can do this by:

To Register:
• Going to www.nixle.com
• Click “Register Now”
• Create an account by choosing a UserName & Password
• Enter an E-mail address and/or cell phone number what you would like to receive messages
• Enter you address (or a nearby intersection)
• Click “Sign Me Up” – and you are done

To Customize your account and get Information and Alerts from the Baltimore Police:
• Log in at www.nixle.com
• Click “Settings”
• Click on the box that will subscribe you to the Baltimore Police Department
• Click “Save”

You will now receive information and alerts from the Baltimore Police at either by E-mail or through your cell phone or both, as you have designated.

*From Harbel news*

Thursday, October 8, 2009

City-Wide Initiative to Remove Abandoned Vehicles Now (RAVN)

“The city will aggressively look for and remove vehicles abandoned on public or private property,” said Mayor Dixon. “Left in alleys, empty lots and on our streets by irresponsible car-owners, these vehicles are unsightly and hazardous. Removing these hazards and eyesores will make Baltimore’s communities safer and cleaner for the residents.”

Most commonly, an abandoned vehicle is an unlicensed vehicle on public or private property. Citizens are encouraged to call 3-1-1 to report abandoned vehicles in their community, or you can report them via E-mail to the officers of the Northeast District Community Relations Unit:

Sgt. Chris Tserkis at chris.tserkis@baltimorepolice.org
Officer Dave Blumberg at david.blumberg@baltimorepolice.org,
Officer Joe Banks at Joseph.Banks@baltimorepolice.org ,
or Officer Rebecca Ward at Rebecca.Ward@baltimorepolice.org

On a weekly basis code enforcement officers will identify abandoned vehicles. DOT has coordinated with the Baltimore City Police Department to identify areas where vehicles are most frequently abandoned. They will work in traditionally problematic neighborhoods and with the help of tips from citizens. For vehicles on public property, the City will complete the legal process and tow the vehicle within five days. For vehicles on private property, it will take up to 15 days to complete the process and tow the derelict vehicle.

The City is partnering with Vehicles for Change to provide City residents an opportunity to dispose of an unwanted vehicle free of charge. To donate a car to Vehicles for Change, residents can call 1-800-835-3821. Vehicles for Change is a local non-profit whose mission is to help low-income families achieve financial and personal independence by making it possible for them to own a vehicle. More information on Vehicles for Change can be found on their website,
www.vehiclesforchange.org

*Information from Harbel.*

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Burglary Prevention Tips

Here are some tips concerning Burglary Prevention that was sent out by Mike Hilliard of the Harbel organization:

1.      Doors secured with single cylinder deadbolts.  Mail and newspapers
are not accumulating on the porch or in front of home.

2.      Windows locked.  In 70% of the burglaries committed in Northeast
Baltimore entrance is gained via a rear or side window.

3.      Keep Blinds and Shades closed.  Do not leave your wallet, car keys,
or other valuables in plain view

4.      Trees and shrubs are trimmed short enough so that all windows and
doors are visible from the street and people cannot hide behind them.

5.      When leaving the house for vacation, lights are connected to timers
that go on and off during evening hours. Newspapers and mail are being
held and are not accumulating on the lawn, porch, and steps

6.      Front and rear porch lights are left on throughout the night so
that the front and back of the house is constantly lit and visible.

7.      If you are out of your home, leave radios on at the front and back
doors of your house that are tuned to a talk radio station, and if you
are away for an extended period of time, place the radios on timers.

8.      If you see suspicious persons walking down the street with unboxed
TV’s or computers, leaving a neighbor’s home, or entering the rear
window of your neighbor’s home. Call 911.

9.      It has been learned the burglars often survey or case their targets
by posing as either carpenters or home repair persons.   They also
have been known to call their targets by phone to determine when they
are not home, and they will hang up immediately if you answer the
phone.

10.     If you are going away for a period of time, call the Northeast
District at 410-396-2444 and ask the police pay special attention to
the home while you are away.

11.     Engrave your valuables with your Maryland Driver’s License Number
known as your Soundex Number

12.     The interview of a burglar charged with numerous burglaries in
Northeast Baltimore revealed silent alarms did not deter him.
However, if he activated an audible alarm when he entered his target,
he fled immediately.  If you install an alarm, consider ensuring it
has an audible alarm component.

You can borrow an engraver to engrave your property with your driver’s
license or Soundex Number by calling the Northeast Police District
Community Relations Unit at 410-889-6499 or E-mailing Sgt. Chris
Tserkis at chris.tserkis@baltimorepolice.org Officer Dave Blumberg at
david.blumberg@baltimorepolice.org, Officer Joe Banks at
Joseph.Banks@baltimorepolice.org., or Officer Rebecca Ward at
Rebecca.Ward@baltimorepolice.org