Minor crimes can be reported by telephoneBeginning today...

POLICE BRIEFS

August 01, 1993

Minor crimes can be reported by telephone

Beginning today, residents can telephone reports of vandalism or theft of items worth less than $300 to the sheriff's office rather than having a deputy visit the crime scene to fill out the paperwork.

Those calling (410) 838-6600 to report such minor crimes will be forwarded to volunteers manning the telephones between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.

"We really need more volunteers," says Deputy David Betz, who has researched similar programs in Baltimore County and Alexandria, Va.

When volunteers are not available, dispatchers will take messages and volunteers will return calls.

Many victims call because they need a police report number before filing insurance claims, yet sheriff's office statistics show that a complaint of this type occupies a deputy for an average of 47 minutes.

Considering that the sheriff's office received a total of 80,000 calls during the first six months of this year, the potential savings is great, if volunteers handle some of that load.

Residents interested in assisting may call (410) 836-5440.

"The hours are flexible, but we're looking for people to give a minimum of four hours a week," says Deputy Betz.

Reward is offered in shed break-in

Harford County Crime Solvers are offering up to $1,000 reward for the arrest and indictment of someone responsible for a July 20 break-in of a shed in the 1400 block of Valley Forge Way near Abingdon.

The door latch was cut and tools were stolen. The loss and damage is valued at $1,170.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Crime Solvers hot line (410) 877-STOP. Callers need not give their name or appear in court.

Bel Air

* 700 block of Mayton Court: Attempted breaking and entering at a residence on July 19. Damage to window and screen and theft of a 1992 Oldsmobile. Loss valued at

$15,300.

Darlington

* 1800 block of Deths Ford Road: Breaking and entering at a residence on July 13. Theft of a stereo, VCR and camera lens. Loss valued at $1,850.

Edgewood

* 600 block of Yorkshire Road: Theft of an outboard motor from a residence on July 20. Loss valued at $500.

Havre de Grace

* 1000 block of Pulaski Highway: Malicious destruction at a business on July 24. Damage to mail box, telephone box and wires, and theft of wheels off a shopping cart. Loss valued at $500.

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