Crime Prevention Tips

 Courtesy of the Baltimore County Police Department's Community Outreach Program


Here are some tips you can use to reduce the chance that your home or your neighbor’s home will be targeted by burglars:

Make sure your house or apartment numbers are well lit and easily visible from the street so that police, fire, and rescue can get to your location quickly.

Lock all doors and windows at night and every time you leave home - even if it’s just for a few minutes.

. All doors need a sturdy keyed entry lock and a deadbolt lock. Make sure the frame and strike plate are secured with screws at least 3 inches in length

. Check your window locks to make sure they are working properly.

. Check your windows and screens regularly from the outside to make sure they are intact and have not been tampered with.

Give spare keys to a trusted neighbor. Do not put them under a doormat or planter, or in the mailbox.

. Use outside lighting. This lighting is now available with inexpensive motion detectors, which save electricity. Outside lighting should illuminate entrances, windows and out buildings.

. Don’t forget interior lighting. Simply leaving a light on when you are are out can be effective. Use lights in different parts of your home to avoid predictability.

. Leaving a radio or TV on when no one is home can also help.

. Reinforce the locks on 
sliding doors and windows by placing a bar securely into the track. These are available at home centers and are often referred to as Charlie bars.

. Trim any bushes or shrubs that are near windows or doors. These can allow hiding places for criminals trying to break into your home.

. Lock or securely store ladders or anything else that could be used to climb into a window or onto your roof.

. Keep 
garage doors closed and locked.

. Have a trusted neighbor watch your house when you’re gone for an extended period. Ask the neighbor to take in your mail and newspaper daily, or stop delivery on them.

. Keep all sheds secured with a strong lock.

. Call 911 if you see a suspicious person or vehicle in your neighborhood.

. Here are the local police precincts that serve northwest Baltimore County:


Precinct 2 Woodlawn
6424 Windsor Mill Road
Woodlawn, Md. 21207

Phone: 410-887-1340
Precinct 3 Franklin
606 Nicodemus Road
Reisterstown, Md. 21136

Phone: 410-887-6975
Precinct 4 Pikesville
215 Milford Mill Road
Pikesville, Md. 21208

Phone: 410-887-1279
Precinct 6 Towson
115 West Susquehanna Avenue
Towson, Md. 21204
Phone: 410-887-2361
Precinct 7 Cockeysville
111 Wight Avenue
Cockeysville, Md. 21030

Phone:  410-887-1820