Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Crime Watch: Week of May 20

05/25/07 3000 block Bunker Hill Rd: Open warrant served after fight
05/25/07 4500 block Eastern Av: Theft under $500
05/25/07 2500 block Arundel Rd: Theft from auto
05/23/07 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Attempt armed robbery (citizen)
05/23/07 4100 block 28th St: Theft under $500
05/22/07 3700 block 37th St: Theft of auto
05/22/07 3000 block Bunker Hill Rd: Theft of property
05/22/07 3800 block 30th St: Theft of auto
05/21/07 3300 block Otis St: Theft from auto
05/20/07 3300 block Chillum Rd: Citation issued for trespassing
05/20/07 3200 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for open alcohol container

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Crime Watch: Week of May 13

05/19/07 3200 block Varnum St: Individual arrested on open warrant
05/18/07 34th St & Perry St: 2nd degree assault
05/18/07 3100 block Queens Chapel Rd: 2nd degree assault during domestic dispute
05/17/07 2900 block Arundel Rd: Theft of vehicle tags
05/16/07 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Purse snatching
05/16/07 3200 block Chillum Rd: Attempt stolen vehicle
05/16/07 4600 block 30th St: 2nd degree assault on victim
05/15/07 Chillum Rd at Buchanan St: Citation issued and vehicle impounded
05/15/07 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Assault and battery
05/15/07 3100 block Shepherd St: Vandalism to property
05/15/07 4000 block 29th St: Vandalism to auto
05/15/07 4000 block 29th St: Attempt strong arm robbery
05/15/07 3000 block Queens Chapel Rd: Theft from auto
05/14/07 Bunker Hill & 29th St: Attempted citizen robbery
05/14/07 2700 block Upshur St: Theft from auto – stolen tags
05/14/07 4300 block 28th Pl: Theft from auto
05/14/07 4100 block 29th St: Vandalism to auto
05/14/07 4300 block 28th Pl: Theft from auto

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Chief's June 2007 Message Article

Tips for Avoiding Traffic Collisions

  • Avoid drinking and driving. How many times have you heard this advice? And still, on average, one person in the U.S. dies in an alcohol related crash every 45 minutes. To put this number in perspective, think of the crowd of fans that come to see the Nationals at RFK stadium on opening day. The number of fans in the stadium is roughly the same as those who have died in alcohol related crashes in the past two years!
  • Minimize distractions. Drivers can minimize their distractions by stopping in a safe place to pick up items that have been dropped, change radio stations or the current CD, consult a map or a newspaper, and take care of personal needs such as eating or personal grooming. Probably the biggest distraction, and the one that has drawn the most attention from citizens and lawmakers is talking on a cell phone. If you don’t have a hands free device, you should stop in a safe place to dial numbers and talk on your cell phone. Once you cross into DC, talking on a cell phone without using a hands free device is a $100 fine!

  • Properly maintain your vehicle. Tune up cars according to the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance schedule. Check your tires at least monthly for signs of wear or damage, and for proper inflation. Properly inflated tires are not only necessary to maintain proper traction and control of your vehicle, but will also help save gas. Under inflated tires can reduce your gas mileage by one or more miles per gallon.

  • Do not encourage aggressive drivers. Let aggressive driving behavior roll off your shoulders, or call the police. Losing your temper can only worsen the situation.

  • Leave a safe distance between your car and others around you. For every ten miles per hour of speed, leave at least one full car length between you and the car in front of you. If another driver is tailgating you, do not speed up to try and increase the distance. That’s generally what they want you to do. Slow down to encourage the tailgater to do the same or pass you.

  • Maintain a constant speed. Don’t continually slow down or speed up.

  • Make sure your mirrors are adjusted properly. Check your side mirrors every 15 seconds to keep tabs on the traffic behind and to the side of you.

  • Take a defensive driving class. These classes have changed considerably since you took driver’s ed in high school. They improve your ability to drive, provide the refresher that most of us need from time to time, and teach you to be better prepared to properly react to the unpredictable behavior of other drivers.

  • Proceed with great caution through intersections. Most accidents happen at intersections. Just because the light is green, doesn’t mean it is safe to enter the intersection. Look left, look right, and then look left again to make sure it is safe to enter the intersection.

  • Be sufficiently aware of road conditions and be more visible. Keep your lights on at dusk and dawn, and during periods of rain. In Maryland and DC, if your windshield wipers are on, your headlights have to be on as well. Understand basic vehicle dynamics such as knowing how to recover from a skid.

  • SLOW DOWN! Driving at a slower rate of speed will give you additional time to react in case something unexpected occurs. It will also help you save some of that liquid gold that makes the engine run. It will also help ensure the safety of our residents who walk, run and play on Mount Rainier’s narrow, congested streets.



National Night Out 2007

Please come and join us on the grounds of Thomas Stone Elementary School for this year’s National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 7th. Plan to attend this annual celebration with your family and friends. Again this year we will have live entertainment, plenty of food, and lots of fun things to do for the whole family. Please keep an eye on the City’s web site, and on the police chief’s Blog (http://www.mrpdchief.blogspot.com/) for additional details and updates as plans for this exciting night evolve.

Monday, May 21, 2007

April 2007 Stats by Team Policing Area

Please click on the title of this post to see our Part I crime statistics for the month of April 2007. These are organized by Team Policing Area. You can click on your browser's back button to return to the Blog.

Crime Watch: Week of May 6

05/12/07 4200 block 28th St: Theft of auto
05/12/07 3200 block Chillum Rd: Citation issued for open container in public
05/12/07 4000 block 32nd St: Theft of auto tags
05/12/07 3200 block Otis St: Theft of auto
05/11/07 3100 block Perry St: Arrest for possession of liquid PCP
05/11/07 3100 block Perry St: Second degree assault on police officer
05/10/07 3200 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for open container in public
05/10/07 4400 block 29th St: Vandalism to auto
05/09/07 3100 block Queens Chapel Rd: Commercial armed robbery
05/09/07 3300 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for open container in public
05/08/07 3200 block Queenstown Dr: Vandalism to property
05/07/07 3200 block Rhode Island Av: Citizen Robbery
05/07/07 3200 block Chillum Rd: Residential break and enter
05/07/07 4200 block Russell Av: Vandalism to auto
05/06/07 3200 block Rhode Island Av: Arrested for open Federal warrant
05/06/07 3300 block Chillum Rd: Theft of auto

Monday, May 14, 2007

Crime Watch: Week of April 29

05/05/07 Chillum Rd at Buchanan St: Arrest made for DWI
05/04/07 4300 block Kaywood Dr: Theft of credit card
05/03/07 3200 block Queenstown Dr: Citation issued for possession of drug paraphernalia
05/03/07 3800 block 35th St: Vandalism to auto
05/02/07 4700 block 25th St: Vandalism to auto
05/02/07 3200 block Chillum Rd: Individual arrested on an open warrant
05/01/07 3200 block Chillum Rd: Residential break and enter
05/01/07 3500 block Perry St: Individual arrested on an open warrant
05/01/07 3600 block Perry St: Citation for open container
05/01/07 3400 block Rhode Island Av: CDS arrest
04/30/07 3300 block Chillum Rd: CDS arrest
04/30/07 3200 block Rhode Island Av: Theft of auto
04/29/07 4600 block 30th St: Theft from auto
04/29/07 4700 block 27th St: Citizen armed robbery

Friday, May 04, 2007

May's "Chat with the Chief" Rescheduled

On Monday May 7th I will be attending the Prince George’s County Police Command Officers’ Association’s candlelight memorial service. This annual event honors law enforcement officers of every jurisdiction who have lost their lives serving Prince George’s County. As a result, I am rescheduling this month's "Chat with the Chief" to Monday May 14th, 7 PM, at Artmosphere Cafe.

My apologies for any inconvenience, and I hope to see you on the 14th.

Crime Watch: Week of April 22

04/28/07 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for open container
04/28/07 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for open container
04/27/07 28th & Taylor St: Citizen armed robbery
04/27/07 3300 block Chillum Rd: Theft under $500
04/27/07 2500 block Arundel Rd: Citizen armed robbery
04/27/07 4100 block 33rd St: 1st Degree Assault
04/27/07 3300 block Buchanan St: Arrest for trespassing and CDS
04/26/07 4100 block 33rd St: Arrest during domestic dispute for open warrant
04/26/07 3400 block Bunker Hill Rd: Arrestee wielding knife transported to hospital
04/26/07 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Theft from auto
04/26/07 4600 block 29th St: Theft of auto
04/26/07 3300 block Chillum Rd: Citation issued for trespassing
04/26/07 3800 block 33rd St: Vandalism to auto
04/25/07 4300 block 40th Pl: Arrest for disorderly conduct
04/25/07 3100 block Perry St: Arrest for possession of CDS
04/24/07 3200 block Chillum Rd: 1st Degree Assault
04/24/07 4200 block Kaywood Dr: Citizen armed robbery
04/24/07 2500 block Arundel Rd: Theft from auto
04/23/07 100 block 30th St: Malicious destruction of property
04/23/07 3100 block Queens Chapel Rd: Theft of auto
04/23/07 2400 block Arundel Rd: Theft of auto
04/22/07 3100 block Queens Chapel Rd: Individual arrested for possession of a weapon
04/22/07 3700 block 37th St: Purse snatching
04/22/07 30th St & 31St Pl: Vandalism to auto
04/22/07 3300 block Buchanan St: Theft from auto
04/22/07 4300 block Kaywood Dr: Citizen armed robbery