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Comments from Police Officers on Recent Crime Incidents

I’ve recently inquired two community police officers in our area in regards to the recent rise in crime incidents and their possible correlations with the UMD’s winter break. I thought I should share their comments with you all. Hope you will find them useful.

Officer Melanie Senobio (Sarita), North College Park CERT Officer
There is a correlation between the student housing being broken into due to the students being away. I will forward this information to Officer Taylor who is the COPS officer for downtown CP. Also I have gone with Officer Taylor when she conducts follow ups with the victims of residential burglaries. We have noticed that some of the doors were left opened and unlocked. Before the fall semester started Officer Taylor and I spoke with new students and advised them of some safety precautions that they could take. Maybe another meeting like this would be helpful to the students.

Officer Taylor, Nashawn, South College Park COPS Officer
There has been B & E’s both during the winter break and while school is in session. However, there were more during the winter break. We encourage residence to lock their doors, windows and be aware of all their surroundings at all times. We encourage them to have adequate lighting outside of their homes and perhaps invest in an alarm system that has an access control installation in Miami.
There are also a large amount of police presence in the city of College Park alone. We have contract college park cars who are Prince Georges County Police officers as well as the patrol cars of Prince Georges County Police and the University of MD police cars.
College Park has one of the largest number of police presence in one area. However, police cannot be everywhere all of the time. This is why we need the cooperation of the citizens to be the eyes and ears of the police department to assist in catching the bad guys and keep our community safe.

Could More Police Presence Thwart Recent Crimes?

The Other College Park Police (collegeparkpd.com)

The recent unprecedented rise in crime incidents in the neighborhood has brought back the old debate of more police presence in the city. Some now question the effectiveness of the contract police that the city residents pay with their tax dollars.

“A spike in College Park burglaries over winter break has caused many landlords and residents to question why greater police presence wasn’t used to prevent the crimes…In the past, police presence had been scaled down during these months, but the city’s 2009 budget included $1 million for an increase of off-duty patrolmen to prevent burglaries in the area.”  says this Diamondback article.

There have also been talks of revisiting the issue of having city’s own police department. “Our new Mayor Andy Fellows, should take a public position on this matter (of city police).” Says one resident.

With the rise in recent crime incidents in our area, residents and police detectives are scratching their heads to find the causes of such crimes. Some think this is the time of the year, when criminals get more time to do their foul play during longer period after the dark. Other disagree – noting most crimes in our district happened during day time – between 9am to 3pm – when most of the residents go out to work.

Some seem to have a clue on the cause of such rise in crimes in the area. They blame this on the winter break time – when the students leave their city residences vacant. “Property crime in areas densely populated with students tends to increase during months when students are away from the campus.” – says Lisa Miller, president of the Prince George’s County Property Owners Association.

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