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Crime Prevention Tips

CrimeNEWS FROM THE TOWSON PRECINCT COMMANDER

Here is a quick reminder of some simple crime prevention steps we can take to deter potential thieves and burglars:

  1. Lock your vehicle and make sure that it is locked before you walk away from it.
  2. Remove all vehicle keys from the vehicle (including keys to other vehicles that may be parked nearby). We have experienced numerous cases that start out as a theft from vehicle and turn into a theft of a vehicle, because keys were left in the vehicle. For the year, nearly half of all vehicles stolen in this precinct have been stolen with the keys or while the vehicle was running.
  3. Remove valuables from the vehicle. Laptops, purses, wallets, phones and other valuables should never be left in a vehicle.
  4. I know they are not as popular as they were several years ago, but an anti-theft device like “The Club” or a similar steering wheel lock is another deterrent for thieves.
  5. Leaving the porch light on in the front and back of the house is a deterrent for suspects, who want to operate under the cover of darkness.
  6. Trim branches and hedges away from windows and doorways to eliminate areas where suspects can avoid being seen as they attempt to break in to your house.
  7. Make sure that your doors have a lock on the handle and a deadbolt lock. If there is a window next to the door handle, the deadbolt should be a double key lock and not a thumb lock on the inside. The key should be hung up inside, where your family can find it easily in the event of an emergency. You can also add an additional sliding latch lock or chain on the inside of your door pretty inexpensively.
  8. Placing a piece of wood or metal in the track of your sliding glass doors and windows can make entry to your home much more difficult for criminals.
  9. If you have an attached garage, lock the door to your house, even when the garage door is closed. If a thief gains entry to your garage, you do not want to give them easy access to your house.

The idea is to place enough hurdles in front of the bad guys that they are deterred completely or they are slowed down enough that they attract attention and get caught.

Thank you all for everything you do to support our crime fighting efforts,

Captain Jay Landsman, Jr., Commander, Precinct 6 / Towson
Baltimore County Police Department
115 W. Susquehanna Avenue, Towson, MD 21204
Desk (410) 887-5507
jlandsman@baltimorecountymd.gov

Towson neighbors worry over fate of Presbyterian Home property – Baltimore Sun

When the Presbyterian Home of Maryland announced this month that the assisted-living center would close by the end of the year, residents of Towson’s Southland Hills neighborhood lamented the loss of a neighbor that has been in operation for nearly 90 years.

But they also worry about the potential loss of green space considered a shared oasis in their residential enclave.

Amid rising development pressure around downtown Towson, the home’s neighbors are concerned that the 4.4-acre property might be sold to a developer who could cover it with townhouses. Now residents are seeking to preserve the property as an historic local resource, and elected officials are petitioning the state to potentially buy the property to protect it from redevelopment.

Source: Towson neighbors worry over fate of Presbyterian Home property – Baltimore Sun

Overlay District Establishes Design and Environmental Guidelines for Downtown Towson | County Councilman David Marks

This evening, I introduced legislation that would create an overlay district for Downtown Towson, updating building standards for the densest and fastest-developing area of central Baltimore County.

The legislation uses as its foundation the recommendations forwarded by the Baltimore County Planning Board last fall. There were four community input meetings leading to the development of the legislation. I solicited input from the Green Towson Alliance, the Towson Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Towson Committee, and the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations.

Source: Overlay District Establishes Design and Environmental Guidelines for Downtown Towson | County Councilman David Marks

Baltimore County to consider new zoning rules for downtown Towson – Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore County Council will consider new zoning rules to guide development in booming downtown Towson.

Councilman David Marks, who represents Towson, introduced a bill Monday that would create a downtown overlay district the council could use when making rezoning decisions this summer as part of the county’s quadrennial review of zoning.

The goal, Marks said, is to establish standards for construction of new projects, including requirements for lighting, signage, parking, landscaping, pedestrian access and other features.

In the past, Marks has sponsored bills for individual projects in Towson to accommodate urban design — noting the occasional conflict in zoning code that was written for a suburban county. Parking has been a specific concern for developers.

Source: Baltimore County to consider new zoning rules for downtown Towson – Baltimore Sun

Towson circulator could start up in 2018, councilman says – Baltimore Business Journal


Could a circulator called the “Towson T” be coming to Baltimore County in the next couple of years?

A report is due from state transportation officials in the upcoming weeks and could recommend a T-shaped shuttle route in the county seat that could start free service in 2018, County Councilman David Marks said on Thursday.

In the meantime, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz on Thursday continued to be skeptical about the proposed circulator, questioning whether it would help with traffic in Towson. He said there was currently no funding for a circulator in Baltimore County’s suburbs.

Marks, who represents the county’s Fifth District that encompasses Towson and Loch Raven, said the bus system would be modeled on the city’s Charm City Circulator. It would have smaller, energy efficient buses, though, and is estimated to cost between $1.5 and $2 million.

Source: Towson circulator could start up in 2018, councilman says – Baltimore Business Journal