TACOP Increases Patrols for Mischief Night

TACOP is increasing patrols of Towson streets on “Mischief Night,” Sunday, October 30, to deter Halloween pranksters and troublemakers on the eve of Halloween.  Working in partnership with the Baltimore County Police, COP Mischief Prevention Patrols will be out in force that evening to discourage mischievous acts like egg throwing and wrapping trees and porches with rolls of toilet paper in downtown Towson and its 25 surrounding neighborhoods. 

        For 16 years, TACOP’s (Towson Area Citizens on Patrol) volunteer car patrols, walkers, joggers, bikers and dog walkers have established a visible presence in Towson on Mischief Night and serve as a major deterrent to pranks and delinquent activity.  While most pranks are not crimes, tossing raw eggs at cars damages the car’s paint if it is not washed off immediately and raw egg fights leave a mess which residents and businesses have to clean up.  Since the inception of TACOP’s Mischief Night patrols, the number of incidents has declined.

       TACOP’s Mischief Night, which is open to the public, starts at 6 PM on October 30 at the Baltimore County Police Hillendale Resource Center located at 1055 Taylor Avenue.  Attendees are asked to bring hats, gloves, scarves and peanut butter packaged in anything but glass jars to donate to the Shelters and Family Crisis Center.  After the COP volunteers network, compare notes on their neighborhood patrols and enjoy light refreshments, the Mischief Prevention patrol schedule will be finalized. 

      Most COP volunteer drivers will have magnetized signs on their cars identifying them as COP patrollers and a blinking light on the car’s roof, although others will be unmarked as they patrol. Patrollers carry their cell phones and call 911 if they see suspect activity.

       TACOP is a 501c3 organization founded in 2000 to help Towson Area neighborhoods start COP programs and is solely supported by donations.

For more information refer to http://towsonareacop.wordpress.com/about/.

 

TACOP Contacts:    

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

Pat France, Vice-President  tapecnarf@gmail.com 410-828-5564

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

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

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

Kathy Fick, Fundraising Coordinator kathyhfick@comcast.net 410-825-8275

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Towson Mall Curfew Takes Effect on Friday

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Watch Your Car Program

Hello.  

Please forward this flyer to your community members regarding the Watch Your Car Program,   watchyourcarflyer

This program is set up that if the vehicle is registered and out after 0100 am and seen by police, it can be stopped to verify it is not stolen. This is a valuable tool and resource being offered by the Regional Auto Theft Task Force.

If you have community members that do not have access to email, feel free to print this off and distribute or contact me and I will send it out via USPS.

 

Thanks, Officer Halley 4827

Residents Meet With Police To Discuss Crime Spike

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Citizens On Patrol to Hold Rally Against Crime in Towson

Hundreds of people are expected to attend Towson’s Rally Against Crime on June 17, 2016 at 6 PM.  Sponsored by the Towson Area Citizens On Patrol (TACOP), this Rally will highlight TACOP’s “if you see something – say something” crime fighting campaign, which sends the strong message that Crime is Not Welcome in Towson.  Working in partnership with the Baltimore County Police, TACOP volunteers patrol the streets of Towson to help keep residents, businesses and students safe. 

        Highlights of TACOP’s 16th Rally Against Crime ceremony include a Boy Scouts of America Color Guard and the singing of the national anthem, brief remarks by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Police Chief James Johnson and awards recognizing TACOP unsung heroes for their significant contributions to make Towson a safer place. 

          Honorees this year include: Captain Jay Landsman, Jr. and his staff for outstanding service to the Towson community; Lt. Randy Guraleczka for excellent service to the Towson community; Officer Kathy Kraemer and Stacia Smith for service above and beyond the call of duty; and Officer Candice Covington, Police and Community Relations Council Precinct Six 2015 Officer of the Year.

         The Rally Against Crime will be held Friday, June 17, 2016, 6:00 to 6:30 PM, at Allegheny Avenue between Washington Avenue and the Roundabout. Towson’s popular Friday night “Feet on the Street” block party will follow the Rally.  Every year, a large number of elected officials, business leaders, local residents and students turn out for the Rally to show their support for TACOP and its efforts to fight crime and keep Towson safe. MidState Community Bank at York Road and Register Avenue is this year’s corporate sponsor.

       TACOP invites the public to come out and support its June 17 Rally Against Crime. Captain Dee-Fense will put in a special appearance at the Rally. Families are encouraged to bring their children to enjoy activities like climbing on a fire truck, sitting in a police car and getting inside of a race car.  In the event of rain, the Rally will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave. See http://towsonareacop.wordpress.com/about/ for more information or call 410-828-5564.

 

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  tapecnarf@gmail.com  410-828-5564

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

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

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

Kathy Fick, Fundraising Coordinator kathyhfick@comcast.net 410-825-8275

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

CAR BREAK-IN AND THEFT PREVENTION: SIX ESSENTIAL STRATEGIES

Recently, there has been a sharp increase in car break-ins and thefts in Baltimore County. Places that might normally be viewed as “safe” for parked cars are now being targeted by thieves, making residents vulnerable where they once thought that they were protected against such crimes. 

 In an effort to reduce the car break-ins and thefts, the Baltimore County Breaking News team offers the following strategies to keep you and your vehicle safer. While there is no “one solution,” we can, collectively, take steps to deter thieves and discourage them from spending time in our neighborhoods looking for opportunities to, easily, break the law.

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