Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Wishing the Beltsville community a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!
Unfortunately, there are criminals out there who want to ruin the holidays. Safety Tips to practice. When shopping online have packages delivered to your office, neighbor, or a safe location. Sign up for text messages or emails to notify you that your package has been delivered. Theft from cars continues to be a problem. Be sure to remove valuables from your car and lock it. When you are putting gas in your car, putting air in your tires, or running into a store lock your car and take your keys with you! On those really cold mornings do not turn your car on so that it can warm up. You may come out to find your car is missing. If you are going away over the holidays plan for someone to pick up your mail and newspaper so they don't pile up. Use timers on your inside lights that mirror your normal lifestyle. Remember the speed limit on our residential streets is 25 or 30 miles per hour.
For the Beltsville residents who live in the communities that back to our parks if you see someone in the parks after dark or you see flashlights or cellphone lights, or if you hear gunshots call 911 and the MNCPPC Park Police Emergency number 301-459-3232. We have had problems with gunshots at night between Beltsville Community Center 3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville, and Beltsville Neighborhood Park 11508 Montgomery Rd, Beltsville. Unfortunately, on November 11th gunshots were heard in or near Beltsville Neighborhood Park and a 14-year-old boy was hit by a bullet that went through an exterior wall of his home.
It's great to post warnings about suspicious or criminal activity that you have seen on Nextdoor.com. However just an fyi the police cannot see those postings. You need to call 911 and make a report, give an address. If you do not want a police officer to come to your house you can ask them to call you. For those of you who have called the Beltsville Station call 911 instead. Calling the station delays the response time. Calls to 911 are recorded and the appropriate agency is sent. If you believe a situation was not handled properly you can email Major Fisher the new Commander at Beltsville Division 6 Police Station. JLFisher@co.pg.md.us. For problems in the parks you can email MMCPPC Park Police Lt. Brian Waters Brian.Waters@pgparks.com If you have any information about the gunshots on November 11th that injured the 14 year old boy, please report it. If you have a community concern I can be reached at 301-741-7672 or firstname.lastname@example.org.