TACOP Voices Concern over increased Crime in Towson

TACOP – Expands its “If You See Something – Say Something” Campaign

Voicing concern over a recent increase in crime in the Towson area, the Towson Area Citizens On Patrol (TACOP), representing 25 neighborhoods in the greater Towson community, met with County Councilman David Marks and Baltimore County Police Captain Jay Landsmen on January 5, 2016. A discussion of recent events, including the crowd of over 100 youth at the Towson Town Center mall, and general criminal activity in Towson, led to the expansion of TACOP’s “if you see something – say something” crime fighting campaign.

   Working in partnership with the Baltimore County Police, TACOP volunteers patrol the streets of Towson to help keep residents, businesses and students safe. These volunteers monitor criminal activity in Towson and immediately call 911 to report any suspected crimes they observe while on patrol. Now TACOP wants to share its “see something, say something” crime fighting measure with the public.

   TACOP advises the public that the police need “real time” information. It encourages everyone to be proactive and, “if you see something, say something.” TACOP and the Baltimore County police urge you to act immediately if you see any suspect criminal activity and call 911.  TACOP also recommends everyone in Towson be more vigilant. When you are in Towson, whether it is day or night, call 911 if you are concerned about anything you see.

   The recent gathering of 100+ youth at the mall on December 26, 2015 at closing time, which later led to rocks being thrown, slightly injuring several police officers, was also addressed. TACOP underscores the need for increased security at Towson Town Center for the safety of mall employees and customers. It urges the Center’s management, General Growth Properties, to invoke a curfew for youth age 17 and under after 9 PM, requiring them to be accompanied by an adult, similar to the curfew at both White Marsh and Hunt Valley.

    TACOP is a 501c3 organization founded in 2000 to help Towson Area neighborhoods start COP Programs. Currently, TACOP has 25 active COP neighborhoods, solely supported by donations from the public.

TACOP Contacts:    

Mike Calwell, President mikecalwell@gmail.com (443) 829-5276

Pat France, Vice-President patfrance@centrol-inc.com 410-828-5564

Janice Arcieri, Secretary janjoeka@comcast.net 443-465-0150

Barbara Lewis, Website Coord blewis711@gmail.com 410-663-4266

Janet Eveleth, PR/Media janeveleth@verizon.net 410-821-1008

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