Thursday, December 12, 2013

Message From David Falcinelli, District 2 Police Commander

Important Phone Numbers!

NEW PHONE NUMBER FOR THE SECOND DISTRICT: 240-773-6700

NON-EMERGENCY: 301-279-8000

EMERGENCY: 911

Tips to prevent crimes from being committed against you:

Use extreme caution when using sites such as Craigslist to buy/sell items, and consider whether the savings is worth the effort and potential hazard.

Remember that burglars will often try to gain access to a home by entering an unlocked door or window, or finding a spare key left outside.

Some other safety tips to consider:

1.                   Do not have packages delivered to your house if you are not home to receive them. Make arrangements for them to be delivered to a neighbor or pick them up at the shipper’s local office.

2.                   Do not fall prey to phone scams, especially the most recent where someone calls representing themselves as a police officer and tells you to send money or you will be arrested. Another is a call from a utility company threatening to cut off power unless you wire cash immediately. If you are unsure of the legitimacy of caller, check out www.snopes.com or simply ask for their company contact information so you can research their claim before deciding whether to call them back.

3.                   The Montgomery County Police Department does not solicit money, nor am I aware of any legitimate police agency that does. Be wary of phone calls from people representing themselves as law enforcement

4.                   Pedestrian safety is a must. It gets dark early. You may see a car, but the driver probably does not see you. Wear reflective clothing. Cross at marked intersections. Pay attention to your surroundings. For those with school age children, Montgomery County Police in conjunction with Montgomery County Public Schools will be piloting its first set of school bus photo enforcement in January. If you are a driver that passes a school bus with its red lights flashing, you may be receiving a citation in the mail. Remember – you may not pass a school bus with flashing red lights from either direction, even on multi-lane roads, unless the road is divided by a physical barrier and you are on the side opposite from the bus.

5.                   LOCK YOUR CARS!!!! 96 thefts from cars in November which is a 2013 monthly high – 74 of the 96 were unlocked!!!! When you shop, hide your items in the trunk and take them immediately into your home. This is a very prevalent crime this time of year and thieves will generally ignore a locked car with nothing worth stealing visible,  and move on to the unlocked one.

6.                   Don’t forget that hand-held cell phone use while driving is a primary offense. Officers are enforcing this law vigorously. Bluetooth is still permissible.

            Use your eyes, ears, and good judgement. If your suspicious, make the call. All it takes is one call end a crime spree.