Rockville City Weekly Crime Summary March 26, 2012
Rockville City Police Department
Tips of the Week:
The Rockville City Police Department would like to provide some crime prevention tips for Senior Citizens.
When you are out…
Police Crime Report
For the Week ending March 26, 2012
When you are at home…
- If you must carry a purse, hold it close to your body. Do not dangle it nor leave it unattended in a shopping cart. Always keep your purse closed.
- Never carry a wallet in your back pocket. Place it inside your front pants pocket or a jacket pocket.
- Do not carry multiple credit cards or large amounts of cash.
- Always let someone know when you are going out and when you expect to return.
- When possible, travel with friends to and from the bank, or the doctor’s office.
- When using the bus or other public transportation, sit near the driver if possible.
- When you drive, keep your doors locked and windows up. Park in well-lighted, busy areas. In parking garages, try to park near an entrance.
- If a friend or a taxi takes you home, ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside. Wave from a window or flash your front porch light to signal you are okay.
- When approaching your house or car, have your key in hand.
- Carry a shriek alarm. (Can be purchased at most travel stores or on the Internet.)
- Communicate the message that you are calm, confident and know where you are going. Trust your instances. If someone or something makes you feel uneasy, uncomfortable, then leave.
Watch out for Con Artists…
- Use deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. Keep your doors locked at all times, even when you are inside.
- Protect your windows and sliding glass doors with good locks or other security devices.
- When you go out, make your house appear that someone is home, use timers for lights, turn on a radio.
- Never hide extra keys under doormats, under flowerpots, rocks, etc.
- If you live alone, don’t advertise it. Use your first initial in phone books, directories and apartment lobbies. When recording your answering machine message, never say “I” in the message, always refer to “we”.
- Ask for photo identification from service or delivery people before letting them. If you are not sure, call the company to verify.
- Consider a home alarm system that provides emergency monitoring for burglary, fire and medical emergencies.
- Get to know your neighbors and keep their phone numbers handy.
- Have a “buddy” system with a friend to check on each other daily.
- Participate in a neighborhood watch program.
For more information on Senior Citizen Crime Prevention Tips, please go to the National Crime Prevention Council’s website at www.ncpc.org. For information on Consumer Affairs, please go to the Montgomery County Government, Office of Consumer Affairs, www.montgomerycountymd.gov/consumer or the United States Office of Consumer Affairs, www.consumeraffairsusa.org . For more information on consumer protection against 900 numbers please go to the Federal Communications Commission Consumer Information at www.fcc.gov/consumers.
Help us in the fight against crime by not becoming a victim.
- Remember the golden rule…if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Never give your credit card, phone card, social security, or bank account numbers to anyone over the phone. IT IS ILLEGAL FOR TELEMARKETERS TO ASK FOR THESE NUMBERS TO VERIFY A PRIZE/GIFT.
- Be aware of 900 numbers. The FCC refers to 900 numbers are as “pay per call” services. These services involve the caller having to pay a fee once they have dialed a number starting with 900. The fee is usually based upon a per minute charge. Many scams such as “you’ve have just won the lottery, to claim your prize, call 1-900…”. 900 numbers are also connected to the Adult Entertainment Industry (sex hotlines) as well.
- Take your time to shop around. Don’t let an aggressive con artist pressure you into making a decision. Request information in writing. Always get a second opinion.
- If you are suspicious, contact your location Better Business Bureau/Consumer’s Affairs Office.
- Be aware of home repair scams. Especially after big storms, these cons will peruse a neighborhood looking for their next victim. If you are unsure that the person is a legitimate businessman, ask them for a business card and tell them you will call them back later. Then contact your local government agency or the Better Business Bureau/Consumer Affairs Office to see if they are a reputable/licensed company.
City Police Reported Incidents
A R R E S T S
- 600 block of Rollins Avenue, a male, age 53, was arrested for violating a protection order on 03/12/12 between 3:59 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- 600 block of Hungerford Drive, a male, age 24, was arrested for theft from a grocery store on 03/18/12 at 12:46 p.m.
- Veirs Mill Road and Midway Avenue, a male, age 18, was arrested for possession of CDS-marijuana and possession of CDS-paraphernalia following a traffic stop on 03/21/12 at 9:18 p.m.
- 1200 block of First Street, a male, age 25, was arrested for possession of CDS-paraphernalia and for trespassing on 03/22/12 between 2:05 p.m. and 2:08 p.m.
- 1300 block of First Street, a male, age 28, was arrested for 1 count of 2nd degree assault, 2 counts of concealed dangerous weapons (folding knife and a collapsible baton), 2 counts of possession of CDS-marijuana, 2 counts of CDS-paraphernalia on 03/24/12 at 7:15 a.m.
- 14939 Shady Grove Road, a female, age 55, was arrested for theft on 03/24/12 at 1:50 p.m.
- 14939 Shady Grove Road, a male, age 47, was arrested for theft on 03/24/12 at 2:29 p.m.
I N C I D E N T S
As a reminder, citizens are encouraged to contact the Rockville City Police Department with any information on incidents listed above or to report a crime occurring within the City limits at 240-314-8900.
- 700 block of Grandin Avenue, unknown subject(s) gained access through an unlocked front window of a residence between 03/19/12 – 12:00 p.m. and 03/22/12 – 4:10 p.m. Nothing was taken.
- 14900 block of Shady Grove Road, the complainant reported that an unknown subject entered the store, walked behind a service counter and removed an Ipad on 03/19/12 at 12:44 p.m.
The suspect is described as: B/M, 30-40 years old, heavy build
- 600 block of Great Falls Road, the complainant reported that an unknown subject removed an Ipod from a desk at a school on 03/21/12 between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- 800 block of Rockville Pike, the complainant reported that an unknown subject removed her wallet from her locked locker at a health club on 03/21/12 between 6:05 p.m. and 7:20 p.m.
- 2100 block of Baltimore Road, the complainant reported that an unknown subject removed an unattended cell phone from railing at a school basketball court on 03/22/12 between 5:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
- 2200 block of Veirs Mill Road, unknown subject(s) gained access by breaking a front glass door of a restaurant on 03/23/12 at 6:41 a.m. Nothing taken.
- 1200 block of Potomac Valley Road, the complainant reported that an unknown subject had removed her wallet from her purse that had been placed in a room at a nursing home on 03/25/12 between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.