In the coming weeks, the Cheverly Police Department will be instituting an anti-burglary program that promises to have a great impact on this type of crime in Cheverly. The thrust of this program is three-fold. First, continued emphasis will be placed on protecting Cheverly homes against intrusion and the resultant damage of forced entry. Damage through forced entry can frequently be more costly than the loss of personal items from within the home and can typically be reduced through the implementation of simple prevention techniques.
Second, with the assistance of the police department, residents will be encouraged to properly mark items of personal property and record serial numbers on those items that display same. Remember, many items have serial numbers displayed on nothing more than flimsy stickers or tags that can easily be removed. Marking your property with your Maryland driver’s license number (soundex number), never your social security number, can be the best way of ensuring the successful return of stolen items.
And third, after the police perform a security survey at your home, and you substantially complete the recommendations of the survey within practical fiscal limits, the police department will re-inspect your residence and affix a newly designed anti-burglary outdoor plaque that indicates you have met the requirements of this program. The cost of the plaque will be paid for by the town. The police department will be accepting appointments for security surveys starting July 1, 2005. All residents who have previously had a survey performed at their homes will be required to resubmit to a new survey. Please call me, Detective Green or Detective Johnson at 301-773-8362 for further information.
•95% of all burglaries in Cheverly occur between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
•In every burglary case in the last 4 years, no one was home when entry was made.
•Only 20% of Cheverly residents were able to provide serial numbers for items that were stolen from their homes.
•If you are on vacation or away from your residence for several days, notify the police department so that a house check can be performed. Homes are checked by the police at various times during the day and at night until residents return.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Come out with your neighbors and join us at Legion Park on Tuesday, August 2. You can get more information about this anti-burglary program and talk to us about any of your concerns. We’ll have food, fun, games and information. Bring your bikes and get them registered.
The next meeting of the Neighborhood Watch will be Monday, July 11 at 6:30PM.
NON-LETHAL WEAPONS COMMITTEE: The Police Department is considering the purchase of non-lethal weapons enabling officers to have a broader choice of response in certain situations. We are looking to form a committee of citizens interested in meeting with officers to discuss the options of non-lethal weapon usage. If interested please contact the department at 301-773-8362.
Off-Road Vehicles are now required to be licensed and registered: The County Executive recently signed into effect amendments to County Code, Subtitle 26, Vehicles & Traffic, Division 19, which took effect April 1, 2005, which require the following vehicles to be licensed and registered:
•Miniature Motorcycles (pocket bikes);
•and Off-Road Motorcycles (dirt bikes).
The new amendments also stipulate the following legal use for Off-Road Vehicles: An Off-Road Vehicle cannot be driven or operated on any public street or sidewalk in Prince George’s County;
•An Off-Road Vehicle cannot be driven on any private or publicly owned property, unless the driver has with him written permission from the owner;
•An Off-Road Vehicle may only be operated on private property between the hours of 7AM and 8PM.;
•Any person under the age of 16 years must be supervised by a parent or guardian while operating an Off-road Vehicle;
•and While the vehicle is being operated, helmets must be worn at all times by the drivers and passengers.
Licensing and registration information can be obtained by calling the Department of Environmental Resources’ Business License Office at 301-773-7990 or by visiting their location at 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, Suite 370, New Carrollton, MD 20784.
Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM.