Baltimore County Police Department
Motor Vehicle Theft and Safety Prevention

The purpose of this alert is to provide some suggestions that can reduce your chance of becoming a victim of this type of crime. There are many ways to keep you and your vehicle safe. These are just a few suggestions:

  1. Never leave your keys in your vehicle. If a thief steals your vehicle with the keys inside, they may have the keys to your home, as well as another vehicle.

  2. Never leave valuables or any packages visible in your vehicle.

  3. Park in busy, well lit areas of the parking lot.

  4. Copy your license plate and vehicle information (VIN) numbers on a card and keep them with you. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to take a report.

  5. If you have a garage, use it. When parked in a garage, lock the garage as well as your vehicle, and take your keys inside.

  6. Never leave your vehicle running while parked inside of a garage to warm up. This could be dangerous due to the carbon monoxide that builds as the car idles in an enclosed space.

  7. Never leave your vehicle running unattended. Vehicles are commonly stolen at ATMs, convenience stores, and gas stations etc. Many vehicles are also stolen on cold mornings when the owner leaves the vehicle running to warm it up.

Traffic Article 21-1101(A) states that it is unlawful to leave an unattended vehicle w/o stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key and setting the brake. Fine is $70 and a 1 point violation.

As always, call 9-1-1 if you see anyone attempting to break into a vehicle. Do not intervene, contact 9-1-1 immediately. Provide as much information about the suspect as possible to help the police.

From: Officer Alisha Helphenstine <>
Date: Monday, December 9, 2019
Subject: Theft from Vehicles
To: tina1002 <>

Good morning associations, 

We have seen a slight increase of items taken out of cars in driveways and vehicle parked on the street. Here are some tips to help prevent this crime.

  1. The most important thing you can do is LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS AT ALL TIMES. Even though, we all feel comfortable in our own homes, these crimes are crimes of opportunity. The criminal will walk up to your car, try the door and if it’s open, they will enter. So locking your doors is the very best way to prevent theft from your vehicle.

  2. Park your car in your garage. Many people have a garage, but they don’t utilize it. If you can park your car in the garage, the opportunistic criminal will pass by your driveway.

  3. Keep your driveway illuminated. Consider installing motion sensing lights to go off when someone walks near your car.

  4. Do not leave certain items in your vehicle (if you must leave them in your vehicle, make sure they are not visible):

    1. Vehicle Title (we recommend you store your title in a safe place in your home)

    2. Cell phones

    3. GPS units

    4. Electronics like ipads and computers

    5. Any other expensive items

  5. Document the serial numbers of any and all electronics. If they are stolen, we may be able to find them at a later time and it may lead our officers to a suspect.

If you are the victim of a theft from inside your vehicle, call the police immediately (410-887-2222 is our non-emergency 24-hour number). Be prepared to give the officer a list of any and all items taken. Even if the suspect did NOT take any items we ask you to call and report the attempt.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Precinct 2 Community Outreach Team (410)887-4714 or email at
Thanks and have a great week.

Sergeant James Gill
Woodlawn, Precinct 2



Margaret Stokes

Legislative Aide

Councilman Tom Quirk

First District

Baltimore County Council

410-887-0896 (office)

410-887-1012 (fax)


From: Dennis Genito <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 11:23 AM
To: Kara Burman <>
Cc: Margaret Stokes <>
Subject: RE: Behind Woodbridge Elem School


Hi Kara and Margaret,

Yes, this is our project, and I’m also the project manager.  The stream restoration behind Woodbridge Elementary School is one part of a larger restoration of Cedar Branch.  We are also working at the Crosby Road crossing of Cedar Branch and at the County Inwood bus lot and maintenance shop.  The project will address the severely eroded stream banks and protect a couple of segments of exposed sewer line.  We are also installing 3 stormwater BMPs on the Inwood property to treat storm runoff before it enters Cedar Branch.  After construction any cleared areas will be planted with native grasses and trees to blend with the existing forest.  The work will be similar to the recently completed Cooper Branch project that is adjacent to the Trolley Line #9 trail.  We just completed the work at the bus lot.  I notified homeowners closest to the work via postcard around June 21.  However, you may get some inquiries as we restricted our mailing to only those adjacent to the stream.  I also emailed a postcard and recipient list to Cathy Engers to keep Councilman Quirk in the loop.  Margaret, please feel free to refer any inquiries regarding the project to me, I’ll be happy to answer any questions about the work.


As additional information, we have been coordinating with Cris Blasetti of BCPS Grounds and Kenny West of BCPS Transportation for the work on the Inwood bus lot and behind the school.  We will be coordinating with Michael Legere of the Inwood Maintenance Shop for work to be done on that property.


Let me know if I can provide any other information.  Thanks for getting in touch.


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