The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), “Summer Meals” is a federally-funded program that helps to fill this gap by providing children with nutritious meals and snacks at meal sites across the country.

As we are all aware, this has not been a normal school year.

This summer, the SFSP has adapted to the increased need for safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing summer meals to be served in a non-congregate setting. This means sites are able to serve Grab-and-Go meals even when the child is not present. Additionally, in previous years, meal sites were required to be located in areas where 50% or more of the students were eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. This year, meal sites can be established in any area across the state, regardless of the percentage of free or reduced-price school meal enrollment.

Spread the word about the Summer Meals Program. Below are resources that you can use to find summer meal site locations.

  • To find a meal site near you, visit www.MDsummermeals.org. You can also call 211 or text the word “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877.

    “Grab and go” summer meals are fun and easy! Kids and teens can pick up FREE meals all summer at designated meal sites. Visit mdsummermeals.org, text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877, or call 211 to find a site near you. #summermealsmd @msdenutrition @MarylandHunger @NoKidHungryMD

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 <ahelphenstine@baltimorecountymd.gov>
Date: Monday, December 9, 2019
Subject: Theft from Vehicles
To: tina1002 <tina1002@verizon.net>

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 jgill@baltimorecountymd.gov
 
Thanks and have a great week.

Sergeant James Gill
Woodlawn, Precinct 2
410-887-1340
jgill@baltimorecountymd.gov

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