***Attention Westerlee & Woodbridge Valley Communities***

Good afternoon, 

Recently there have been a few Theft of Autos and Theft from autos in the Westerlee & Woodbridge Valley areas. Below are some Motor Vehicle Theft & Safety Prevention information. Please pass along this information to your neighbors and community members.

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:

  •  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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.   Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Baltimore County Police Department Community Resources Team @ 410-887-5901

Stay safe

Officer Alisha Helphenstine #3872
Woodlawn Community Outreach Team
Randallstown Sub-Station
9428 Liberty Road
Randallstown, Maryland 21133


Redevelopment Efforts:

  • Old IHOP Building coming down first, no date set yet, but the demolition paperwork process has begun, Asbestos portion has been completed

  • Chick Fil-A will occupy that location, they have an ambitious plan to have their building up/running by Thanksgiving 2022

  • There will be no WAWA on that site,  the community was demonstratively clear that they did not want another gas station there

  • OUTBACK will hopefully occupy the former Bennigan’s location, the will be out for a site visit in Early April, looking forward to all going well

  • Looking to see if we can get both of the buildings (IHOP/Bennigan’s) demolished simultaneously, may not be possible, but hope full

  • Baltimore County is open to the option of purchasing the SEARS property and working collaboratively with NAACP/Community members to envision what would be the best fit for that location and the community

Ongoing On-Site Efforts:

  • From December 2021 through February 2022, Code Enforcement has performed 11 proactive inspections on the Security Square Mall property.

  • During those inspections, five citations were issued for a total of $6,000 in fines.

  • Two of those citations resulted in Baltimore County mobilizing a third party contractor to go and abate those violations, which resulted in an additional $870 being placed as a lien.

  • Surveillance cameras – 4 out of the 5 property owners have completed certification.

  • Set the Captives free is the only outstanding

  • Sears just completed their certification

  • Sears and Set the Captives Free noted equipment orders were back ordered. 

  • DPWT is making regularly visits to the site for trach collection

  • Homeless Services are also regularly in the area to address homeless concerns

Kirk Mitchell

District 4 Community Engagement Coordinator

Office of Community Engagement

For Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr.

Baltimore County Trash and Recycling Guidelines

Collection Set-Out Guide


To ensure collection of your materials, make sure you follow trashsingle stream recycling and yard materials regulations. In all cases, please place the material at its designated curbside or alley collection point after 6 p.m. on the night before scheduled collection.


Trash containers:

  1. Must not have a maximum filled weight of more than 40 pounds

  2. Must not have a maximum capacity of more than 34 gallons

  3. Must not have a lid fastened to the can with rope, wire, chains, etc.

  4. Containers should be sturdy, water-tight and rodent-resistant, with handles and a tight-fitting cover (as long as that cover is not fastened to the container). Cans with hinged lids or wheels are not recommended, due to difficulty in handling by collectors and the lids or wheels being prone to breakage.

Having problems with lost container lids? Try a Lid Leash! Using a piece of rope or small chain, attach the lid to a fence or post (see illustration). This helps to prevent lost lids due to wind, traffic, etc. Do not tie the lid to the container.

Single Stream Recycling


Plastic Bags of any type or color must not be used to set out recyclables for collection - these bags jam machinery at the single stream sorting facility. Even if plastic bags are marketed as "recycling bags," "recyclable," or "compostable," they are not acceptable containers for recycling in Baltimore County.

Recycling containers can include any of the following:

  • Recycling bins (usually colored blue or marked with a recycling symbol)

    • Must not have a maximum filled weight of more than 40 pounds

    • Must not have a maximum capacity of more than 34 gallons

  • Trash containers used only for recycling (marked with a large "X" or the word "RECYCLE"; free "RECYCLE" stickers can be obtained by calling 410-887-2000)

    • Must not have a maximum filled weight of more than 40 pounds

    • Must not have a maximum capacity of more than 34 gallons

  • Small cardboard boxes

    • Must not have a maximum filled weight of more than 30 pounds

    • Boxes will be collected along with their contents

  • Paper bags, or bundles tied with non-plastic string

    • Must not have a maximum filled weight of more than 30 pounds

    • Should only be used for setting out paper or cardboard recyclables

If a container has a lid, the lid must not be fastened to the container with rope, wire, chains, etc. Containers with hinged lids or wheels are not recommended because they are difficult to handle by collectors and the lids or wheels are prone to breakage.