Monday, March 26, 2012
CPTED, a concept which started over twenty years ago, is a vastly growing practice through the United States and in some cases, the world. Crime Prevention through Environmental Design is based on a premise that “The proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear of crime and incidents of crime, and to an improvement in the quality of life”. CPTED strategies are ideal for law enforcement officers, city planners, architects, security consultants, educators and anyone involved in designing neighborhoods, schools, down town districts, commercial and industrial building, or revitalization efforts. CPTED is an effective way of fighting crime and promoting a better way of life for all involved. The goal is to promote and influence positive human behavior. CPTED is firmly based on four principals: Natural Access Control, Natural Surveillance, Territoriality, and Maintenance.
During the three day course hosted by CPTED Senior Instructor Chuck Sczuroski of the National Crime Prevention Council and Bill Welsh of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP), PFC Tuk Carpenter of the Mount Rainier Police Department learned how to implement the CPTED principals into his regular routines as a law enforcement officer. During his training, he completed and passed two in-depth projects which included; applying all the principals into a practical format and then giving a classroom presentation to his peers. PFC Carpenter, who was one of 14 students including two Bladensburg police officers, learned how to give an in depth security and safety survey on properties to include residential, commercial, education and parking garages.
During the Train-the-Trainer course, the PFC Carpenter learned about human behavior and CPTED; barriers – real vs symbolic to include fencing, landscaping, and interior walls; the importance of lighting for safety; planning and zoning; city ordinances and CPTED; report writing; neighborhood reviews; and traffic calming.
The Mount Rainier Police Department is happy to announce that PFC Carpenter is now CPTED certified through the National Crime Prevention Council and is available to your home or business and complete an in-depth security and safety survey at your convenience. Learn more about CPTED and how it can positively affect our community!
3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 3:15am. Officers stopped a 2000 Volvo S90 for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued several state citations and his vehicle was impounded.
4700 block of 31st Place: Theft from auto – 7:20am. The owner of a 1999 GMC Yukon told officers that sometime between 1:30 this morning and the time he called police someone broke out the front passenger window and stole a radio/CD changer from inside.
4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Found property – 8:10am. Officers patrolling the area when they were stopped by a citizen who had found several credit cards in the parking lot. The officers took possession of the cards and attempts to locate the owner proved negative. Officers then contacted the credit card companies who said they would take responsibility for notifying the owner.
4000 block of 35th Street: Telephone misuse – 10:20am. Officers received a report from a parent that their child had received threatening phone calls from another juvenile. The incident was documented and the parent was referred to the District Court Commissioner.
3700 block of 35th Street: Emergency petition – 3:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a fight in progress. When they arrived they located and separated the combatants. Further investigation revealed that one of the individuals suffers from severe paranoia and was delusional. Officers determined the man was a danger to himself and others and was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Nothing significant to report.
2200 block of Varnum Street: Theft – 8:10am. An employee at the Family Dollar store told officers that an individual entered the store, stole a gallon of milk and fled the store on foot in an unknown direction. The thief was described as a black male, 5’6” tall, 150lbs, wearing a yellow shirt and tan pants.
Buchanan Street and Queens Chapel Road: Warrant arrest – 10:40am. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had two open arrest warrants through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving on expired tags. He also had a suspended driver’s license. He was issued the appropriate traffic citations, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was released to a licensed driver who was a passenger at the time of the stop.
2700 block of Webster Street: Stolen auto – 9:30pm. The owner of a 2008 Toyota Avalon called to report that her vehicle had been stolen from where it had been parked in front of her residence. She further advised that on March 21st she had her purse containing her driver’s license and car keys stolen while she was getting gas at the Shell station on Queens Chapel Road in Hyattsville. Hyattsville City officers confirmed the theft under their case #12-0854. No further evidence was found and it is believed the gas station thieves are responsible for stealing the victim’s car.
4200 block of 28th Street: Hit and run collision – 2:35am. Officers responded for the report of a motor vehicle collision. Further investigation revealed that an unknown vehicle struck three parked vehicles then fled the scene. Officers did not recover sufficient evidence that would lead to the identification of the striking vehicle.
3700 block of 37th Street: Residential burglary – 12:15pm. Officers were called to a private residence by a witness who had come to the property to assist with yard work. The witness told the officers that he noticed the front door open and unsecured. Officers checked the residence and further discovered that the back door was also open and there was shattered glass on the kitchen floor. The homeowner was unavailable at the time of the report and officers left a message for him to call police when he got home. Officers conducted a neighborhood canvas and spoke with several neighbors who advised that they did not see anyone in the area or around the house at the time of the break-in. The homeowner returned home and called police at about 5:40pm and said that a TV and a laptop computer had been stolen.
3249 Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant arrest – 9:30am. A man came into the police station to surrender on an open arrest warrant. Officers verified the existence of the warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office charging the man with disorderly conduct. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3700 block of Wells Avenue: Assault – 7:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic assault involving a female juvenile and her father. Officers spoke with the juvenile who said that she was beaten by her father after an argument. The juvenile showed signs of physical injury consistent with her account of the beating. The father was not on the scene at the time of the report and could not be located. Child Protective Services was notified and will conduct a follow-up investigation to determine appropriate charges and disposition.
3300 block of Perry Street: Indecent exposure – 10:40pm. Officers on patrol observed two females in a heated argument. Further investigation revealed that one of the women confronted the other after discovering that she was engaging in sexual intercourse in her driveway. The suspect was issued a criminal citation for indecent exposure.
4300 block of 28th Place: Vandalism to auto – 6:50am. The owner of a 2001 Honda Accord reported that sometime during the overnight hours someone broke into her vehicle and damaged the ignition housing, lock and cylinder.
2400 block of Arundel Road: Traffic arrest – 12:20pm. Officers stopped a 1996 Nissan for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended in both Maryland and Virginia. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3600 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft from auto – 3:30 pm. The owner of a 2000 Ford Explorer reported that sometime between March 18th and the time she called police someone stole the front license plate off her vehicle.
3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic - 5:55pm. Officers stopped a 2001 Toyota Solara because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was charged accordingly and his vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 1:10am. Officers stopped a 2003 Chrysler minivan for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended in Maryland and there was an MSP pickup order on the vehicle’s tags. The driver was issued four State traffic citations and sent on his way. The vehicle was impounded and the tags were removed for return to MVA.
2300 block of Varnum Street: Theft – 2:30am. A man described as a black male, 5’10” tall, 200lbs wearing a red jacket came into the store, stole several items and fled the scene in an unknown direction.
4200 block of Eastern Avenue: Residential robbery – 4:30am. The victim told officers that she was returning to her apartment when she was approached by two black males armed with handguns. The men demanded money from the victim and she surrendered her wallet and said she didn’t have any money. The men then forced the woman into her apartment, ransacked the apartment, took several items of the victim’s personal property and fled. Officers processed the victim’s apartment for physical evidence with negative results. A search of the surrounding area failed to locate eith of the two suspects. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to interview the victim and assume a follow-up investigation.
3100 block of Perry Street: Trespassing – 9:40am. Officers responded for the report of a man refusing to leave a private residence. The owner told officers that he opened his front door to look outside and was confronted by a man who pushed his way into the home, sat down and refused to leave. The man, still in the home when officers arrived, refused the officers’ repeated requests to leave the house or be arrested for trespassing. The officers were forced to use pepper spray on the man to gain his compliance. He was arrested, charged with trespassing and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.
3400 block of Eastern Avenue: 1st degree assault – 11:06am. Officers responded for the report of a stabbing. When they arrived they spoke with the victim who said that his niece stabbed him in the upper left arm leaving a small puncture wound. Fire/rescue personnel to treat the victim but he refused any treatment. His wounds were not life threatening. Officers arrested the niece, charged her with 1st degree assault and delivered her to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
4000 block of 36th Street: Miscellaneous incident – 1:15pm. The mother of two teenage girls called to speak with an officer regarding their behavior. The mother was upset because her daughters were not listening to her. The officer took the girls’ information and referred both to the department’s Street Corps program.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: DUI/Vehicle impound – 9:45pm. Officers stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He failed standard field sobriety testing (SFST) and admitted to having several drinks. He was arrested, charged with DUI and released to the custody of DOC. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: CDS possession – 12:44am. Officers were patrolling the area when they were flagged down by a gas station attendant. The attendant told the officers that there was a man was passed out behind the wheel of a 2000 Jeep Cherokee parked at one of the gas pumps. Further investigation revealed that the man in question had a suspended driver’s license and was in possession of marijuana. His Jeep’s registration was suspended with an MSP pickup order on the tags. He was issued several traffic citations, arrested for CDS possession and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The Jeep was impounded for safekeeping and its tags were removed for return to MVA.
4000 block of 37th Street: Vandalism to auto – 4:10pm. The owner of a 2007 Ford F-150 truck told officers that sometime between 8am on the 15th and 10am on today someone put an unknown substance on his roof and hood of his vehicle. He advised that he would try to wash it off.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Missing person – 8:10pm. The mother of a 16 year old juvenile reported that her daughter left home for night school and did not return when expected. Officers entered the girl’s information into the NCIC missing persons database. Shortly after midnight the mother called back to advise officers that her daughter had returned home safely and that she had been at her boyfriend’s house. The girl’s info was removed from NCIC.
34th Street and Windom Road: DWI – 1:30am. Officers stopped a 1991 Acura GS for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested, charged with DWI/DUI and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
3100 block of Windom Road: Possible theft – 12:15pm. Officers were called to the area by an employee of a pest control service. The employee told officers that while he was spraying for insects he observed what he believed to be an improperly wired phone outlet from which someone may be stealing phone service from the homeowner. The homeowner was advised to contact her phone service provider to investigate the issue.
3700 block of 34th Street: Theft – 1:40pm. Officers were flagged down by a landscaping crew performing work around the traffic circle. The crew told the officers that two men drove up in a black Volvo station wagon. The two got out of the vehicle, stole two backpack style leaf blowers out of the crew’s work truck and fled into DC.
2300 block of Arundel Road: 2nd degree assault – 11:15pm. Officers on patrol were flagged down in reference to a possible fight in progress. Further investigation revealed that a Hispanic male was inside of the Grand China Restaurant ordering food when he attempted to have a conversation with an unidentified black female. The female did not wish to speak to him and ignored him. When the man got his food and left the restaurant three unknown black males approached him and began to punch and kick him. After a short period of time the suspects fled on foot. The victim sustained only minor injuries during the assault and did not require medical treatment.
4500 block of Eastern Avenue: Found property – 7:35am. A private citizen turned in a ladies purse that she found at the BP station. Officers located the owner of the purse who said that it had been stolen when her car had been broken into while parked at an address in DC. She came into the police station and recovered her purse.
4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 12pm. Officers patrolling the area came upon a 2002 Cadillac Escalade illegally parked in the roadway. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was displaying a fake Maryland temporary tag and the vehicle itself was unregistered. The vehicle was impounded.
3700 block of 37th Street: Theft – 8pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. Once on the scene the officers learned that a family member of the household had stolen jewelry and money from another member of the household. Officers documented the theft and are in the process of investigating the incident.
Queens Chapel Road and Buchanan Street: 2nd degree assault/theft – 10:10pm. Officers responded to investigate an assault that had just occurred. The victim told the officers that he was walking down the street when two males came up behind him and struck him in the face. The victim ran away from his assailants and as he did so he dropped his cell phone. The victim believes his assailants stole his cell phone prior to fleeing the area. He described them only as black males about 6’ tall.
3300 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation – 2:20pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking alcoholic beverages in public.
3500 block of Otis Street: Disorderly conduct – 4:20pm. Officers received a call for two disorderly males. When the officers arrived they located the men in question and stopped to interview them. Both were in possession of open containers of alcohol. The officers issued both men criminal citations for the alcohol violations. They were also advised to take the trash they had with them when they left. One of the men refused to clean up and remove his trash so he was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer.
2400 block of Varnum Street: Warrant arrest – 10:45pm. Officers on patrol observed a man who, from past experience, they suspected of having an open arrest warrant. A warrant check on the man revealed he had two open warrants through Prince George’s County for 2nd degree assault and driving without a license. He was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
Nothing significant to report.
4200 block of 28th Street: Vandalism to auto – 6am. Officers responded for the report of a vandalism to auto in progress. When the officers arrived they spoke with a witness who said that he observed a black male in dark clothing breaking into his neighbor’s 2010 Chevy HHR. Further investigation revealed that the fuel door and side mirror were broken off the vehicle, and there was a large dent in the right rear quarter panel.
2400 block of Arundel Road: Residential burglary – 7:45am. Officers responded for the report of a burglary that occurred overnight. The officer investigation revealed that while the resident was home sleeping someone propped a concrete downspout diffuser up against the apartment building wall and got into the victim’s apartment through a window. Once inside the suspect stole cash from the victim’s purse and a set of car keys. After the victim discovered the burglary she also discovered that her roommates 2003 Mercedes was missing.
3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Emergency petition – 6:40pm. Officers received a call for a juvenile female who was acting out of control and had started a fire. When the officers arrived they learned that the juvenile, who suffered from depression, locked herself in a bathroom and lit a fire in an attempt to harm herself. Family members were able to extinguish the fire before any harm was done. Officers took the juvenile into custody and delivered her to the custody of medical personnel at Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment and evaluation. Child Protective Services is also involved and is conducting an investigation.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
4300 block of Russell Avenue: Miscellaneous incident – 6:15am. Officers responded for the report of a possible sexual assault. The officers’ investigation revealed that a known female prostitute was picked up by two men at a club in DC. When the woman went to leave the residence she asked the men for a ride home. When they declined to give her a ride she called police and reported that she had been sexually assaulted. When officers questioned her about the alleged assault she refused to answer the officers’ questions and said she only wanted a ride home. When the officers told her she would get a ride only after they completed their investigation she refused to speak with them further and left on foot.
2900 block of Bunker Hill Road: Vandalism to auto – 9am. The owner of a 2001 Dodge Neon told officers that sometime between 5:45pm on the 9th and 6:30am this morning someone smashed out the rear driver’s side window of her vehicle. Evidence showed that the vehicle’s interior had been ransacked but nothing was stolen.
3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Miscellaneous incident – 12pm. Officers were called to the area by a person who discovered a bone while cleaning out a drainage ditch. The officers photographed the bone and contacted the Maryland Anthropologic Institute. The institute was able to tell officers by looking at the photos that the bone was not that of a human.
4000 block of 32nd Street: Recovered stolen auto – 4pm. Officers were notified by MPD that a 1989 Chevy Celebrity reported stolen from the 4000 block of 32nd Street on March 3rd was recovered in the 1200 block of Michigan Avenue, NE. The vehicle was in drivable condition and no arrests were made.
3300 block of Queenstown Drive: Criminal citation – 9:25pm. Officers were called to the area to assist Queenstown security officers with a disorderly male. Officers issued the man a criminal citation for disorderly conduct and sent him on his way without further incident.
4200 block of Kaywood Drive: 2nd Degree Assault – 1:25am. Officers responded for a loud noise complaint. When they arrived the attempted to speak with a man in the apartment where the noise was coming from. The man became disorderly and the officers’ attempts to get the man to calm down went unheeded. The man proceeded to assault the officers whereupon they were forced to deploy their issued OC spray to get him under control and under arrest. Fire/rescue personnel responded to treat the man for his exposure to the OC spray. He was charged with disorderly conduct and 2nd degree assault on the officers and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.
3800 block of 31st Street: Theft from auto – 7am. The owner of a 2005 Chrysler 300 told officers that sometime between 11pm on the 8th and the time she called police someone smashed out the passenger side window and stole a purse and a black preachers robe.
3100 block of Bunker Hill Road: Theft from auto – 10am. The owner of a 1999 Honda Accord told officers that sometime between 7:30pm on the 8th and the time he called police someone smashed out the passenger side window and stole an iPhone and a set of headphones.
One Municipal Place: Theft – 9:30am. The victim told officers that when she got off the Metro bus she was approached by a man who asked to use her cell phone. The victim told the man he could use the phone as long as he didn’t run off with it. The man pretended to use the phone and then ran off with it.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vandalism – 1:30pm. The resident told officers that sometime between 11am and 1:20pm today someone tried to pry open the front door to her apartment. Officers determined that no one had gained entry into the apartment and noting was reported missing/stolen.
4000 block of 32nd Street: Stolen auto – 1:40pm. The owner of a 1989 Chevy Celebrity told officers that sometime between 1am this morning and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle.
34th Street and Windom Road: Traffic/vehicle impound – 1:25pm. Officers stopped a 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and that there was an MSP pick-up order on the tags. The driver was issued several traffic citations, the tags were removed for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
4100 block of 34th Street: Vandalism – 7:30pm. The resident told officers that sometime between 10:35am and 6pm today someone broke a pane of glass out of the outer storm door.
4300 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 9am. Officers impounded a 2001 Chevy truck for failing to display registration plates. Officers also discovered that the plates that should have been on the vehicle were suspended for an emissions violation.
3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: Theft from auto – 5:45pm. The reporting person told officers that sometime between 9:30pm on March 3rd and 5:30pm on the 4th someone broke into a 2005 Toyota Echo through the right rear vent window and stole the vehicle’s radio. The reporting person made the report on behalf of the vehicle’s owner who was in the hospital and unable to make the report herself.
2900 block of Allison Street: Emergency petition – 7:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a man under the influence of CDS threatening his family. When the officers arrived they met with the family who told them that the man was inside their apartment and had been drinking, using cocaine and had threatened to kill them. Officers entered the apartment, took the man into custody and delivered him to the medical staff at Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment.