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Posted on January 14, 2020 at 1:11 PM by Harvey Baker
Auto Thieves Don’t Take A Winter Break!
It is easy to assume more vehicles are stolen during the summer months and because of the cold weather we think vehicle thieves take time off and hibernate during the winter. However, that’s just not the case. In fact, they are just as active stealing vehicles during the winter months as they are during the summer season. The leading reason for vehicle thefts during the winter months is owners leave their vehicles running unattended. Vehicle owners rationalize that they live in a safe neighborhood and will only leave their vehicle running for a few minutes so it can warm up. Thieves know this and will take advantage of the opportunity to steal your vehicle. The University Park Police Department understands during the winter months it is always comfortable to get inside of a warm vehicle, but it is not worth the risk. Please don’t leave your vehicle running unattended.
The University Park Police Department offers these basic tips to prevent motor vehicle theft:
Posted on January 8, 2020 at 10:14 AM by Harvey Baker
Yesterday (January 7, 2020) the Washington metropolitan region received its first significant snowfall of the winter. If you have lived in Maryland for any period of time you knew the snow would fall at some point this winter. And while some really love the snowy weather and how it highlights the beauty of nature others if given a choice would much rather do without it. Even still most would agree that winter weather driving can be very frightening and dangerous for both the experienced and inexperienced driver. According to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety winter storms, snowy weather and hazardous road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road fatalities every winter. The University Park Police would like you to review and familiarize yourself with some wintertime driving tips. If you have a new driver in your home, please share this information with them as well. We realize there will be times when you will have to drive in less than favorable weather conditions and we want you to be safe.
AAA recommends the following tips while driving in snowy and icy conditions:
Cold-Weather Driving Tips
Tips for Driving in the Snow
Tips for Long-Distance Winter Trips
If you get stuck in the snow:
Posted on January 7, 2020 at 11:45 AM by Harvey Baker