Head shot of Chief Baker

Chief's Blog - What's UP (University Park)?!

May 16

University Park Police Bi-Weekly Incident Report May 1-15, 2022

Posted on May 16, 2022 at 11:28 AM by Harvey Baker

Incident Type

Total

911 DISCONNECT

1

ANIMAL COMPLAINT

2

ASSIST

1

ASSIST FIRE EMS

1

Community Walks 

15

DISORDERLY

2

DRAG RACERS

1

FAMILY DISPUTE

1

FRAUD

3

HIT AND RUN

1

LOUD MUSIC COMPLAINT

1

MISC POLICE INCIDENT

3

PARTY COMPLAINT

1

PREMISE CHECK

287

PROPERTY ALARM COMMERCIAL

2

SUSPICIOUS AUTO

1

SUSPICIOUS PERSON

2

THEFT REPORT

1

TRAFFIC COMPLAINT

6

TRESPASSING COMPL

1

VEHICLE ACCIDENT COMBINED

1

WIRES DOWN

1

Total Calls -->

335

May 16

Left to Curb Parking Violations - May 16, 2022

Posted on May 16, 2022 at 11:00 AM by Harvey Baker

Good morning,

 Many of you woke up this morning to an unusual parking citation. The citation was given to those who parked in the opposite direction of traffic known as a “Left to Curb” violation.  The University Park Police do not normally issue citations for parking left to curb.  Please accept my apology for the confusion.  However, we do encourage all residents to obey the Town’s parking ordinance.  

 Please bring the parking citation to the Police Department to be voided.

 Thank you,

.Chief Harvey R. Baker

 

 

May 04

FRAUD ALERT - Stolen Mail Scheme

Posted on May 4, 2022 at 5:14 PM by Harvey Baker

Community Members,


Placing mail in a USPS blue mailbox is something that most of us have done at least once.  It’s a simple task that comes along with the expectation that the mail will be delivered to the address listed on the envelope.  The pandemic has not only disrupted and delayed the simple process of mail delivery, but thieves are now taking advantage of this chaotic time to commit fraud. Nationally, theft from  mailboxes has dramatically increased and unfortunately, the Washington metropolitan area has become a  hotspot for these types of crimes.   For example, if you write a check for a service or send a check as a gift inside of a card, before the postal service can retrieve the mail, a thief will use an arrow key (taken during the robbery of a postal carrier) to open the mailbox and steal the contents.  They then “clean” the checks by erasing the original information and rewrite them for large sums of money.  The bank is usually unaware of the fraudulent activity until the customer has notified them.   Unfortunately, Town residents have also been victimized by mail thieves.  The University Park Police understand that this can be very frustrating for victims and recommends these basic tips to keep your mail safe:

  • Take you mail to the post office.
  • If you must use a mailbox, mail your items close to the scheduled pick-up time.
  • Do not mail cash or personal checks.   
  • Do not leave letters and packages in your mailboxes or at your door for any length of time
  • If you must send a check using the USPS request a secure check from your bank and use a gel pen as they are more difficult to alter.

In some instances, the bank has refunded the stolen money but that is not always the case.  If you suspect your mail has been stolen, please call 877-876-2455.

 

Thank you,

Chief Harvey R. Baker