City police hold forum on crime prevention

March 31, 1996|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

"Kick it out!"

If confronted by robbers, you should know that the phrase means to hand over your money. And you should comply, a Baltimore police sergeant said yesterday at a community crime prevention forum.

"Hand it over, and let them get out of there," said Northern District Sgt. Jack Kincaid. "Don't try to confront them."

It was one of many pieces of advice and strategies presented yesterday by police and community workers to help people stay safe and help neighborhoods prevent crime.

Though the forum, held at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, had been planned for several weeks, Thursday's shooting of a Giant supermarket cashier made the topic of crime prevention seem more urgent.

"The Giant [shooting] really brought that home," said Sandy Sparks, executive director of the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, a forum sponsor.

The forum was attended by about 150 people.

In a session on preventing crimes of opportunity, pointers included: Install deadbolt locks in doors; look around when walking to or from your car; don't take shortcuts through wooded areas or alleys; don't display large amounts of cash when shopping; try not to use automated teller machines at night; and report the presence of suspicious people.

The advice may seem to be common sense, but many need to hear it, said Officer Victor DiPaola, also from the Northern District. "There are so many things on our minds these days that we tend to forget about things that will keep us safe," he said.

Pub Date: 3/31/96

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