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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,Sun Staff Writer | February 20, 1995
Maryland officials have started a focused attack on auto theft with nearly $1 million in grants to law enforcement agencies around the state, and another $1 million is on the way.Nearly a third of the money distributed has gone to Baltimore County, where car thieves have struck hard in the past year.Gov. Parris N. Glendening and the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council have modeled Maryland's program after a plan devised in Michigan, where the vehicle theft rate was once second in the nation.
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By Thomas Neas, The Baltimore Sun and By Thomas Neas, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2014
If you're worried about auto theft, parking in the Cedarcroft neighborhood in February might be the safest spot in the entire city - but be wary if you need to park in Frankford in July. In any large city, auto theft is a persistent problem, and in Baltimore, nearly 4,000 vehicles are stolen each year. According to the recovery systems producer LoJack, Maryland ranks seventh in the nation in vehicle thefts and recoveries, and certain trends become more apparent in thecity's crime data.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | June 22, 2001
Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris voiced concern yesterday about a spike in car thefts and urged residents to join a statewide program to help stem the increase. "We need help from the public," Norris said during his monthly news conference, which was held at the department's gun range in Baltimore County. Auto thefts in Baltimore have increased 6 percent over last year through June 16, with 3,518 cars stolen, police said. Norris said police arrested last week a man who is accused of stealing 60 cars in recent months.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2011
Violent crime hit a 31-year low in Annapolis last year, but a jump in thefts led overall crime in the city to climb by 8.4 percent over 2009's 35-year low. Crime statistics provided Monday by city police pointed to a sharp increase in motor vehicle thefts last year, along with smaller increases in other thefts. "We are not at all discouraged," said Annapolis Police Chief Michael A. Pristoop, noting that the figures indicate that approaches undertaken in recent years, especially those aimed at getting violent repeat offenders off the street, are paying off. The city also has improved its police technology, added security cameras and worked with property owners as well as officials in other agencies.
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June 15, 2008
The Maryland/DC Anti-Car Theft Committee and the Howard County Police Department will offer a Free Vehicle Identification Etching from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, 9105-G All Saints Road, North Laurel. A unique vehicle identification number will be engraved on all the major pieces of glass in each car as a deterrent to theft and to assist in returning stolen vehicles to their owners. Those who attend can register in the Watch Your Car Program, a national vehicle theft prevention program.
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July 12, 1995
HERE'S a reminder from the Cumberland Times-News (June 24) that every car owner ought to take to heart:"Maryland is making progress on its campaign to drop out of the nation's top 10 worst states for automobile theft."Statistics last year showed Maryland ranked 10th in the nation in stolen cars with 683 auto thefts per 100,000 residents. While it is too early to tell how much things are improving, the period January through March of this year saw 7,970 cars stolen in the state as compared to 9,178 for the same period in 1994.
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February 28, 1995
Launching a statewide program to combat vehicle theft occurs not a moment too soon. The problem has become so widespread and has grown so fast that it demands the aggressive type of approach planned by the new Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council. Similar efforts in Michigan and California have been successful.Earlier this month, the vehicle theft prevention council awarded $983,000 for public education programs around the state. About half the money went toward initiatives in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, the jurisdictions in the metro region with the highest vehicle-theft rates by far.One key initiative is the city-county task force to analyze the theft problem and devise solutions.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Staff Writer | April 10, 1993
William Donald Schaefer turned on his charm yesterday and went a-courting.The subject of his interest was the House of Delegates, which held the future of his car theft prevention program in its hands.First the smiling governor made a surprise visit to the House floor, shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries with the rank and file."How's everything? How's everything?" he asked as delegates filed past him into their chamber for the morning session.Some were clearly startled. After all, Mr. Schaefer is more given to using vinegar than honey when he wants to get his way.Two hours later, the governor, who has turned temper tantrums into an art form, made a humble appeal to the Judiciary Committee.
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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Staff Writer | February 3, 1993
Carjacking has struck such a chord of fear with the public that the General Assembly should make it a separate crime with its own harsh penalties, a Senate committee was told yesterday."
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February 19, 1995
The Annapolis Police Department has received a grant of $18,458 from the state vehicle theft prevention council to support a car theft prevention program called ALERT, Auto Larceny Education Reduces Theft, city police said.The department will use the money to hire a community relations specialist to develop strong ties with government, business and citizen organizations to reduce vehicle thefts, vandalism and thefts from automobiles by 10 percent.In 1994, 142 cars were reported stolen in Annapolis, and owners reported 793 cases of theft from cars.
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June 15, 2008
The Maryland/DC Anti-Car Theft Committee and the Howard County Police Department will offer a Free Vehicle Identification Etching from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, 9105-G All Saints Road, North Laurel. A unique vehicle identification number will be engraved on all the major pieces of glass in each car as a deterrent to theft and to assist in returning stolen vehicles to their owners. Those who attend can register in the Watch Your Car Program, a national vehicle theft prevention program.
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May 11, 2008
The Oakland Mills High School theater department will hold Longaberger Basket Bingo on Friday at the school, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road. Doors open at 5 p.m., and bingo begins at 6 p.m. All the baskets are filled; some rare baskets will be featured. Admission is $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Extra Bingo cards, food and drinks will be available to purchase. Information or to purchase tickets: Jeanne Celtnieks, 410-884-2844. Etching discourages car theft The Maryland/DC Anti Car Theft Committee and the Howard County Police Department will offer a Free Vehicle Identification Etching session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31 at the Oakland Mills village Center.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | July 24, 2001
WOULD-BE opponents of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend are understandably envious of the advantages she holds as she seeks to ascend from lieutenant governor to governor. There's the undeniable power of her maiden name - as close to political royalty as it gets in the United States. There's the national fund-raising network and the influence of family members such as her uncle, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. And then there are the perks of incumbency. Because she is lieutenant governor, Townsend's name appears on billboards, brochures and newspaper advertisements throughout the state, almost all of it paid for with taxpayer money.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | June 22, 2001
Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris voiced concern yesterday about a spike in car thefts and urged residents to join a statewide program to help stem the increase. "We need help from the public," Norris said during his monthly news conference, which was held at the department's gun range in Baltimore County. Auto thefts in Baltimore have increased 6 percent over last year through June 16, with 3,518 cars stolen, police said. Norris said police arrested last week a man who is accused of stealing 60 cars in recent months.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | January 14, 1998
Anne Arundel County, out to slow troublesome car-theft rates, announced a program yesterday that will allow police to pull over any car officers see on the roads between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. if a red and blue decal is displayed in the back window.Those stickers are shorthand from drivers afraid the cars they don't normally drive at night could be stolen -- and that whoever is driving should be stopped and questioned.The American Civil Liberties Union has qualms about that. The program, the civil libertarians say, could lead to abuse, at best, and, at worst, could open police to civil lawsuits and lead to legal rejection of car theft prosecutions.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF | October 26, 1997
Last year, a car was stolen every 14 minutes in Maryland -- a statistic to which Brenda Latney-Lee can painfully attest.Latney-Lee, whose car was stolen three times, was one of nearly 50 people who stood in line yesterday at Edmondson Village Shopping Center seeking a free steering wheel lock to prevent a fourth theft."
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF | November 19, 1996
Door locks are not enough to put enterprising car thieves out of business -- motorists need common sense, as well as inexpensive anti-theft devices that will make their cars a tougher target."
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council Total car thefts Jurisdiction .. .. .. ... 1992 .. . 1993 .. . 1994 .. . 1995 .. . 1996 Anne Arundel County . .. 2,101 ... 1,854 ... 1,806 ... 1,863 ... 1,797 Baltimore City . .. .. 11,332 .. 10,672 .. 13,603 .. 11,210 .. 11,186 Baltimore County .. .. . 5,619 ... 5,477 ... 6,289 ... 5,406 ... 4,751 Carroll County . .. .. .. 182 .. .. 177 .. .. 168 .. .. 184 .. .. 170 Harford County . .. .. .. 349 .. .. 326 .. .. 403 .. .. 345 .. .. 399 Howard County .. .. .. .. 935 ... 1,083 ... 1,157 .. .. 844 .. .. 787 Montgomery County . .. . 3,134 ... 3,159 ... 3,370 .. 3,388 ... 3,329 Prince George's County 10,210 ... 9,344 ... 9,476 .. 10,864 .11,633Maryland Uniform Crime Report Pub Date: 3/27/97 SUN STAFF | March 27, 1997
The Dodge Caravan -- a popular minivan with families and the "soccer mom" crowd -- has also come to be a favorite of car thieves statewide who need only a screwdriver and a few seconds to drive away in one.According to statistics released this week by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, the same Dodge Caravan seen lining up near schools and playgrounds was the second most popular model stolen last year.The car stolen most often was the Honda Accord, which has topped the list for years.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | April 3, 1997
The County Commissioners have decided to spend $24,363 to catch a thief at the county maintenance center on Old Meadow Branch Road.The center was broken into twice last winter, and vehicles, snow equipment and a 1-ton dump truck were stolen, G. Michael Whitson, chief of the bureau of land management and maintenance, told the commissioners Tuesday.The truck was recovered on Old Bachmans Valley Road, he said, but the cost of repairs and replacing stolen snow removal equipment amounted to $15,000.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council Total car thefts Jurisdiction .. .. .. ... 1992 .. . 1993 .. . 1994 .. . 1995 .. . 1996 Anne Arundel County . .. 2,101 ... 1,854 ... 1,806 ... 1,863 ... 1,797 Baltimore City . .. .. 11,332 .. 10,672 .. 13,603 .. 11,210 .. 11,186 Baltimore County .. .. . 5,619 ... 5,477 ... 6,289 ... 5,406 ... 4,751 Carroll County . .. .. .. 182 .. .. 177 .. .. 168 .. .. 184 .. .. 170 Harford County . .. .. .. 349 .. .. 326 .. .. 403 .. .. 345 .. .. 399 Howard County .. .. .. .. 935 ... 1,083 ... 1,157 .. .. 844 .. .. 787 Montgomery County . .. . 3,134 ... 3,159 ... 3,370 .. 3,388 ... 3,329 Prince George's County 10,210 ... 9,344 ... 9,476 .. 10,864 .11,633Maryland Uniform Crime Report Pub Date: 3/27/97 SUN STAFF | March 27, 1997
The Dodge Caravan -- a popular minivan with families and the "soccer mom" crowd -- has also come to be a favorite of car thieves statewide who need only a screwdriver and a few seconds to drive away in one.According to statistics released this week by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, the same Dodge Caravan seen lining up near schools and playgrounds was the second most popular model stolen last year.The car stolen most often was the Honda Accord, which has topped the list for years.
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