Grants target crime in Baltimore County

April 04, 1993|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden announced a program yesterday to help communities fight crime: grants of up to $2,000 for things such as block-watch signs and walkie-talkies for community patrols.

"We have to be creative and innovative," Mr. Hayden told about 100 residents at a crime workshop at Towson State University. "As great as our Police Department is, and it is great, they need our help."

He told a story about Halloween when he lived in Todd's Farm, a time when neighborhood parents would stand outside making sure that children were safe and that nothing was vandalized. Every neighborhood, he said, needs a "Mrs. Kravitz," the busybody from the television show "Bewitched."

Yesterday's anti-crime workshop was the latest effort in a series by Mr. Hayden to address the county's crime problem. While overall crime in the county declined last year, a record was set for homicides, and several shocking murders occurred in Owings Mills and Randallstown.

The grant program starts immediately. Any group or individual with an idea for helping fight neighborhood crime can apply.

"Any community that comes up with a positive approach, we're going to help them," Mr. Hayden said.

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