Vandalism and Thefts to Vehicles Reported in Fallston and Forest Hill Areas

(Bel Air, Md. – January 30, 2006) — The Forest Lakes, Marywood, Spenceola Farms and Watervale communities have experienced a rash of incidents involving vandalism, tampering and thefts from motor vehicles. Since January 1 of this year, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office has investigated more than 25 such incidents in the north central area of the county.

The crimes involve vandalism, tampering or theft of personal items from cars, trucks and SUV’s in residential neighborhoods. All of the crimes were perpetrated late at night or during early morning hours. These incidents have resulted in thousands of dollars in thefts of personal property or vandalism to vehicles.

Some of the items taken include laptop computers, CD’s, wallets, cell phones and prescription drugs. Additionally, windows have been broken and in some cases, vehicles that were unlocked provided a means for suspects to remove items from vehicles.

Sheriff R. Thomas Golding recommends the following precautions to help reduce opportunities for criminal activity:

  • Remove valuables from the passenger compartment of vehicles or place them in the trunk.
  • Lock all doors and be sure windows are closed to avoid easy access.
  • Whenever possible, park vehicles in areas which are well illuminated.
  • Should you hear or see anything unusual or suspicious, call police immediately by dialing 911.

Additionally, at least three motor vehicles thefts have been reported when operators have left their vehicles running unattended to warm up. Sheriff Golding reminds citizens that leaving a vehicle running unattended, even on personal property, is illegal and may be an invitation for someone to steal the vehicle.

Commenting on the investigation Sheriff Golding stated, “The Sheriff’s Office is working very hard to identify those responsible for these thefts. We are asking everyone to assist that effort by taking steps to prevent becoming a victim, and to report any suspicious behavior in your neighborhood”.

For further information on crime prevention, contact the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Community Police Unit at 410-638-3713.

Press Release

January 30, 2006