Starting in 2007, with 344 reported criminal incidents, the Town of Cheverly had enjoyed a steady decade long decrease in crime that culminated with the lowest incident total in 2016 of 185 criminal incidents. In 2017, crime jumped to 2013 levels with 225 reported criminal incidents. The vast bulk of these latest crimes were the result of thefts, particularly from autos. Although 2018 started back on the downward trend, a boost in the month of May of reported thefts altered that trend. Year to date in 2018, we are still slightly below 2017 crime levels. In the month of June 2018, theft was responsible for 11 of the reported 16 crimes.
The Department currently has two Street Meets planned:
- Wednesday, July 18, 2018, from 6 PM to 8 PM, at the Cheverly United Methodist Church located at 2801 Cheverly Avenue. There is a skate party planned for this event.
- Saturday, July 28, 2018, from 8 AM to 12PM, at the Market near the Town’s offices located at 6401 Forest Road. Members of the Police Chief’s Advisory Board will also be present.
Resident Crime Solvers
In what is becoming a common theme through Team Cheverly, two residential breaking and enterings (B&Es) were recently closed by arrest as residents foiled attempted break ins and ultimately were able to identify the suspects. Both suspects have since been incarcerated as a result of warrants for these crimes.
Gas Station Safety Issues
A current criminal trend taking place throughout the Washington, DC area is robberies and thefts targeting customers at gas stations. In a typical scenario, multiple suspects driving a stolen vehicle approach a gas station with customers and a suspect passenger exits the vehicle. The suspect will walk through the gas station looking into vehicles while customers are pumping gas, attempting to ascertain whether the customer has left the keys in the ignition or valuable items in plain view. If so, the suspect will attempt to drive the vehicle off or remove the property and flee the scene on foot to be picked up by the suspect vehicle nearby. These suspects particularly target women and purses that may be left in a vehicle. Everyone should always remove the keys from their vehicle while fueling and keep their purses or
wallets on their person.
Employee Hiring Update
On the police officer front, the CPD currently has three student officers in area police academies and all are doing well. In addition, as a result of a hiring incentive package approved by the Mayor and Council, the department currently has received applications from multiple Maryland-certified lateral police officers who are currently in the background process.
Regarding the two civilian positions, a number of applications for Police Clerk and Police Administrative Aide have been accepted and an early August Oral Board for these positions is being planned. Any person who has an interest in either position must submit an application quickly.
Police Chief’s Advisory Board (PCAB)
The PCAB has met several times now and began to write by-laws, create committees for youth outreach and crime prevention, and began to establish methods for producing crime prevention materials. Monthly meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month and the public is always invited. The PCAB is currently composed of residents who favorably reflect the diversity, culture, and identity of the Town of Cheverly.