How to protect your home from burglaries: Thieves tell all – TODAY.com

Nicholas Kyriazis estimates he’s burglarized at least 100 homes, maybe as many as 150. So who better to explain how to protect your home from burglaries?

TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen went inside the walls of New Jersey State Prison, where Kyriazis is serving a 70-year prison sentence, to get tips on how keep your home from being a target for people like him:

Read full article and view video: How to protect your home from burglaries: Thieves tell all – TODAY.com

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Tomorrow’s National Night Out 2015

Tomorrow, August 4, 2015, the annual National Night Out motorcade of Baltimore County police, firefighters and volunteers from the Towson Area Citizens On Patrol (TACOP) will drive through Towson to show support for the area’s crime prevention initiatives. National Night Out is celebrated across the country on the first Tuesday of August. Highlights of Towson’s National Night Out include a rally and a police escorted motorcade which drives through Towson’s 25 COP neighborhoods.

       Every year, National Night Out attracts hundreds of residents who turn on their lights, walk their neighborhood streets, interact with the police, cheer the motorcade and applaud TACOP’s community crime fighting efforts. Everyone attending the National Night Out rally is asked to bring 2-3 non-perishable items of food or travel size toiletries to donate to the Assistance Center of Towson Churches to help Towson’s needy.

     The event will begin with a rally on August 4th at 5:30 PM. Towson residents, TACOP volunteers and representatives of the Police and Community Relations Council (PCRC), Providence Volunteer Fire Company and the Baltimore County Police will gather for the rally at Towson Marketplace, in front of TOYS R US and Michael’s on Putty Hill Avenue. At the conclusion of the rally, the police-escorted motorcade will lead the Fire and Police Vehicle Parade.

For more information, refer to https://towsonareacop.wordpress.com/about/.

TACOP Contacts:    

    Mike Calwell, President mikecalwell@gmail.com (443) 829-5276

Pat France, Vice-President patfrance@centrol-inc.com 410-828-5564

Janice Arcieri, Secretary janjoeka@comcast.net 443-465-0150

Janet Eveleth, PR/Media janeveleth@verizon.net 410-821-1008

Barbara Lewis, Website Coord blewis711@gmail.com 410-663-4266

 

Towson Motorcade Press Release

     On National Night Out, August 4, 2015, a motorcade of Baltimore County policemen, firemen and volunteers from the Towson Area Citizens On Patrol (TACOP) will drive through Towson to showcase the community’s crime prevention programs. National Night Out is celebrated across the country on the first Tuesday of August. Highlights of Towson’s National Night Out include a rally and a police-escorted motorcade which will go through every one of Towson’s 25 COP neighborhoods. 

        Every year, National Night Out attracts hundreds of residents who turn on their lights, walk their neighborhood streets, interact with the police, cheer the motorcade and applaud TACOP’s community crime fighting efforts. Everyone attending the National Night Out rally is asked to bring 2-3 non-perishable items of food or travel size toiletries to donate to the Assistance Center of Towson Churches to help Towson’s needy. 

       The event will begin with a rally on August 4th at 5:30 PM. Towson residents, TACOP volunteers and representatives of the Police and Community Relations Council (PCRC), Providence Volunteer Fire Company and the Baltimore County Police will gather for the rally at Towson Marketplace, in front of TOYS R US and Michael’s on Putty Hill Avenue.  At the conclusion of the rally, the police-escorted motorcade will lead the Fire and Police Vehicle Parade.

        TACOP volunteers patrol the streets of Towson neighborhoods to keep residents, businesses and students safe.  Working in partnership with the Baltimore County Police, they monitor crime activity in Towson neighborhoods and immediately call 911 to report suspected criminal activity they observe while on patrol.  TACOP is a 501c3 organization founded in 2000 to help Towson Area neighborhoods start COP programs and is solely supported by donations.

For more information, refer to https://towsonareacop.wordpress.com/

TACOP Contacts:    

Mike Calwell, President  mikecalwell@gmail.com  (443) 829-5276

Pat France, Vice-President patfrance@centrol-inc.com  410-828-5564

Janice Arcieri, Secretary  janjoeka@comcast.net 443-465-0150

Janet Eveleth, PR/Media  janeveleth@verizon.net 410-821-1008

Barbara Lewis, Website  blewis711@gmail.com 410-663-4266

Baltimore County’s 911 Center Tour

Citizens on Patrol to Tour Towson 911 Center

          On January 6, the Towson Area Citizens of Patrol (TACOP) will tour Baltimore County’s 911 Center to see firsthand how emergency 911 calls are handled and disbursed.  The tour is conducted by the Baltimore County Police to educate and inform TACOP volunteers, who patrol the streets of Towson neighborhoods to keep residents safe, about the function of the 911 Center. COP volunteers will discover what happens when they observe suspected criminal activity while on patrol and call 911 to report it. The tour is open to the public.

During the tour, TACOP volunteers will learn about the high volume of 911 calls received by the Center’s operators and will listen to actual emergency calls coming in.  They will understand why 911 call takers ask so many questions and learn how calls are filtered to the appropriate department.  Attendees will also witness actual emergency calls from the County’s 10 Precincts.

The 911 Center tour is open to the public, but anyone interested in attending needs to register with TACOP by calling Pat France at 410-828-5564 or emailing her at patfrance@centrol-inc.com  by January 3. The tour begins at 7:00 PM, so attendees are asked to gather in the Baltimore County Circuit Courthouse lobby, located at 401 Bosley Avenue, by 6:45 PM.  Parking should be available on Chesapeake, Pennsylvania and Baltimore Avenues.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. No child under 7 may attend.  Cell phones are permitted in the Courthouse, provided that the device clears security. Possession and use of cell phones and other electronic devices may be limited or prohibited in designated areas of the Court facility.

TACOP is a 501c3 organization founded in 2000 to help Towson Area neighborhoods start COP programs and is solely supported by donations.

For more information, refer to https://towsonareacop.wordpress.com/about/.

TACOP Contacts:    

Mike Calwell, President  mikecalwell@gmail.com  (443) 829-5276

Pat France, Vice-President patfrance@centrol-inc.com  410-828-5564

Janice Arcieri, Secretary  janjoeka@comcast.net  443-465-0150

Janet Eveleth, PR/Media  janeveleth@verizon.net  410-821-1008

Barbara Lewis, Website  blewis711@gmail.com 410-663-4266

Towson Dog Walkers Recruited as Citizens on Patrol

Dog walkers, along with their faith companions, are now fighting crime as volunteers for a unique crime prevention effort in Baltimore County. There are a large number of dog owners in the Towson area and many are volunteering to prevent crime as they walk their dogs. The Towson Area Citizens on Patrol (TACOP) has launched Dog Walker Watch and is recruiting dog walkers to serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for the Baltimore County police.

       Dog walkers are a valuable crime prevention resource in Towson neighborhoods.  These neighbors are out at all hours of the day and evening, in all types of weather. As they walk their dogs, the owners can observe activity in their neighborhood and notice something wrong. Dog walkers know who belongs in their neighborhood and what looks out of place. They just need to carry their cell phone and call 911when they see something suspicious.  

      The new Dog Walker Watch will enhance TACOP’s crime fighting efforts in the community. Working in partnership with the Baltimore County Police, TACOP’s dedicated volunteers patrol the streets of downtown Towson and 25 surrounding neighborhoods. TACOP has effectively shown that crime prevention is a community effort.

    TACOP is a 501c3 organization founded in 2000 to help Towson Area neighborhoods start COP Programs. TACOP is solely supported by donations from the public. For more information refer to https://towsonareacop.wordpress.com/about/.

 

TACOP Contacts:

Mike Calwell, President mikecalwell@gmail.com(443) 829-5276

Pat France, Vice-President patfrance@centrol-inc.com 410-828-5564

Janice Arcieri, Secretary janjoeka@comcast.net 443-465-0150

Janet Eveleth, PR/Media janeveleth@verizon.net 410-821-1008

Barbara Lewis, Website Coord blewis711@gmail.com 410-663-4266

NATW Announces Dog Walker Watch

DOG WALKER WATCH:  There are many dog walkers around our pet loving neighborhood!, CITIZENS ON PATROL has adopted a new program that would be easy to participate in… Through DOG WALKER WATCH, we hope to convert many of those walkers to ‘extra eyes and ears’ to fight crime for police. Dog walkers can be an extremely valuable resource in helping to make our communities safer. Dog walkers are out at all hours of the day and in all types of weather – and they know who belongs in their neighborhood and what is wrong in the neighborhood.

Dog walkers just need to be aware of what’s going on and what is out of place. Just carry a charged cell phone and DO NOT HESITATE to call 911. Report things or people that look wrong to you. Example of “what is wrong”.

• People going door to door, if after a few houses you see them try to see if the door is locked, looks in windows or goes into the back or side yard, it could be a burglar or one planning future burglaries.
•Anyone peering into parked cars may be looking for valuables to steal.
• Anyone trying the handles of the cars to see if they are unlocked. Can you believe people actually leave their cars unlocked, hard to believe isn’t it?
•The sound of breaking glass or explosive noises could mean an accident, burglary or vandalism.
•Someone carrying a TV not in a box, that is suspicious!
•People sitting in a parked vehicle. They could be lookouts or checking out places to burglarize or they could be drug pushers.
It is difficult to get people to volunteer to be Citizens On Patrol. Why, is beyond me! So, this DOG WALKER WATCH is easy.

Remember, NEVER GET INVOLVED, NEVER CARRY A WEAPON and NEVER BE AFRAID TO CALL 911, The people at the 911 Center are there to serve us. We are the taxpayers who pay their salaries…you are not bothering them!

Questions are welcome! Pat France, KD COP/VP Towson Area Citizens On Patrol PH: 410-828-5564 or email: patfrance@centrol-inc.com