The weather is starting to change, and Fall is upon us. It is the perfect time of year to enjoy picturesque foliage and outdoor activities. The cooler weather makes it more comfortable to walk, ride or bike. Some leave windows and doors open to enjoy the cool breeze; however, as the sun begins to set earlier, the darkness offers perfect cover for criminals looking for an opportunity to commit crime. The University Park Police offer these basic tips to help keep you and your family safe:
Turn on Outdoor Lights. Criminals tend to move on when a house is well lit and alarmed. We encourage you to turn on your outdoor lights and activate your alarm. This will help to deter burglars.
Lock your doors. Out for a quick walk in the neighborhood? Please lock your house doors. Before going to bed, lock all your house and garage doors, then set your car alarm.
Walk with a friend. When you walk as a group you are more visible to vehicle traffic. More eyes watching out for hazards and suspicious behavior keeps everyone safe. It is true that there is safety in numbers.
Keep your valuables in the house. If you are away from home and have valuables with you, please follow the simple rule, “keep it safe, keep it with you.” Please don’t leave valuables inside your vehicle.
Don’t be afraid to call. We all know what normal behavior is. If you see behavior that is out of the norm and suspicious, please call the University Park Police at the non-emergency number 301-352-1200, and an officer will be dispatched to check it out.
Chief Harvey R. Baker