Rockville City Weekly Crime Summary September 23, 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 September 23, 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.
- Consider carrying 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 instincts. If someone or something makes you feel uneasy or 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 http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/cons...ations-library.
- 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 local Better Business Bureau/Consumer’s Affairs Office.
- Be aware of home repair scams. Especially after big storms, con artists may 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.
Help us, by staying safe and not becoming a victim.
City Police Reported Incidents
A R R E S T S
- 500 block of Mannakee Street, a male, age 25, was arrested for possession of CDS-Buprenorphine hydrochloride on 09/18/12 at 11:40 a.m.
- Preserve Parkway and Tower Oaks Boulevard, a male, age 33, was arrested for possession of CDS-cocaine and possession of CDS-paraphernalia on 09/21/12 at 12:22 a.m.
- 100 block of East Montgomery Avenue, a male, age 14, was arrested for trespassing on 09/22/12 between 3:51 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- 500 block of North Horners Lane, a female, age 51, was arrested for 2nd degree assault on 09/22/12 between 9:00 p.m. and 9:10 p.m.
- 2200 Veirs Mill Road, a male, age 45, was arrested for trespassing on 09/23/12 at 5:30 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.
- Unit block of Old Creek Court, the complainant reported that an unknown subject removed 4 watches and U.S. currency from an unlocked vehicle between 09/16/12-10:00 p.m. and 09/17/12-10:00 a.m.
- 800 block of Rockville Pike, the complainant reported that two unknown subjects entered the business and removed merchandise and fled the store on 09/17/12 between 7:45 p.m. and 7:52 p.m.
Suspects are described as:
- #1 – W/M, 20-25 years old, 5’9”, 180 pounds, short blond hair, mustache and beard
- #2 – W/F, 20-29 years old, 5’7”, 170 pounds
- Halpine Road and Alsace Drive, the complainant reported that an unknown subject removed 20 iron water line fittings from storage area at business between 09/18/12-7:00 a.m. and 09/19/12-7:00 a.m.
- 100 block of Halpine Road, the complainant stated that an unknown subject walked into a business and presented the complainant with a note, demanding money and stating that he had a gun. The subject then walked out the front door in an unknown direction.
Suspect is described as: B/M, 20-27 years old, 6’0”-6’2”, 170-180 pounds, black hair, mustache, dark skin tone, thin build – Last Seen Wearing: black dress pants, gray hooded sweatshirt, purple tie, black windbreaker, purple dress shirt, black baseball hat
- 100 block of Gibbs Street, the complainants reported that an unknown subject removed a passport, a birth certificate, a wallet, U.S. currency, 3 credit cards and 2 social security cards from their apartment between 08/20/12-8:00 a.m. and 09/19/12-9:00 a.m.
- 1100 Rockville Pike, an unknown subject gained access by breaking the glass out of a rear garage door at a business between 09/21/12-6:30 p.m. and 09/22/12-8:22 a.m. Once inside the unknown subject removed a vehicle.
- 700 block of Rockville Pike, the complainant reported that her wallet containing a driver’s license and a credit card was stolen by an unknown subject on 09/22/12 between 6:05 p.m. and 6:38 p.m.
Suspects are described as:
- #1- W/H/M, 25-30 years old, 5’9”-5’11”, 150-170 pounds, short black hair, beard, light skin tone, thin build – Last Seen Wearing: blue jeans, blue T-shirt
- #2-W/H/M, 25-30 years old, 5’9”-5’10” 150 pounds, brown eyes, short black hair, facial stubble, light skin tone, thin build – Last Seen Wearing: gray T-shirt