Cumberland Times-News

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January 15, 2013

Be alert

Citizens can help police deter burglaries

Frostburg area residents should be proactive in the midst of a string of burglaries in the community. Six residential burglaries have occurred in the city in the last month. Two of those occurred while occupants were asleep insider their homes.

Frostburg Police Chief Royce Douty is asking the public to be on high alert and report any suspicious activity. “Some residents don’t call because they don’t want to bother us. Call us. That’s what we are here for,” he said.

Chances are good that the culprits can be nabbed if police are immediately notified about any suspicious activity. Douty noted that the city is a small enough geographic area that his officers can respond to virtually any Frostburg address within two minutes of being alerted.

He also offered the public some common-sense steps to follow:

• If you hear something outside your residence or inside your residence, call the police. If you are in a bedroom, close and secure the door the best you can and immediate call police.

• Don’t investigate a noise or suspicious activity on your own. Call the police and let them check. While awaiting police, try to remain calm.

• The more light and less shrubbery and high hedges at a home, the better. Burglars can be more visible under those conditions.

• Check doors and windows to make certain they are properly secure.

Residents can also call Crime Solvers with tips. The number is 301-777-4300 and the caller can remain anonymous. Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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