Association News – Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Increased Car Break-ins in the Community
RCPD notified Management of 3 reported vehicle break-ins in the Elmcroft area early Saturday morning. Management also received reports of these incidents from residents as well. RCPD reported that the 3 vehicles may have been unlocked. A resident also reported a vehicle break-in and stolen wheels yesterday.
While King Farm is generally a safe community, crime can and does occur even though the rates are low. It is important to remember that King Farm is an open community (not gated), so it is open to individuals who do not live in the community. Locking the vehicle, not leaving items visible in the vehicle, and removing valuables from the vehicle should be a normal practice. This practice is especially important during the holiday season when thieves know there is more opportunity to take items due to increased holiday shopping.
Be aware of package deliveries as well. If you are not going to be home to accept packages, ask a neighbor to collect the package, send the package to your workplace (if possible), or ask the courier to deliver the package at an alternate date when you are home.
- Keep Your Vehicle Tidy – Thieves like to window shop! Avoid leaving anything visible in the car. Almost any item that’s visible from the outside – even if you think it is worthless – could be seen as valuable to a thief.
- Your spare change, sunglasses, even an empty bag (a thief may think there is something inside the bag) could be valuable in the mind of a thief.
- Keep valuables out of sight or store them inside your home. Purses, credit cards, and cell phones in plain view only help attract thieves.
- Secure Your Vehicle – Roll your car windows up all the way and engage the car alarm, but do not depend on it as the only way to deter a thief. A car thief can break into your car and be out in about 30 seconds, fast enough that an alarm doesn’t scare most of them away.
- Park Smart – If you have a garage, park your vehicle inside your garage and not on the street. Otherwise, park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
REPORT BREAK-INS TO RCPD
If you see a break-in in progress, call 911 immediately! Provide the 911 dispatcher with as much information as possible, such as:
- Location – Provide an address, block number, or specific location in a parking lot.
- Description of the suspect – Provide as much information as you can, i.e. sex, race, age, height, weight, hair color and length, color and length of facial hair, colors and style of clothing, and identifying marks such as tattoos and piercings.
- Direction – If the suspect flees, give the direction of travel. If they flee on a bicycle or in a vehicle, describe the color, make, model, and license plate number, if it is safe to do so!
- RockView Program – if you have a ring camera (or other front door/doorbell camera), you can register it with the RCPD. The RockView program allows residents and business owners to voluntary register their privately owned video security camera systems with the RCPD. Registration in the RockView program does not enable law enforcement to view camera footage without an owner’s permission. However, the RockView program will allow city police to quickly identify security cameras that may have captured criminal activity when a crime is reported nearby.
- For more information about the RockView program, visit the City of Rockville’s website for more information: https://www.rockvillemd.gov/2247/Security-Camera-Registration.
CONVERSATION WITH THE CITY DECEMBER 13th @ 7:00 PM
Lastly, be sure to sign up for the December 13th, 2022, “Conversation with the City” webinar event hosted by KFCA. If you have questions, be sure to include those on your registration form or use the survey link below. Registration for this virtual event is required and you can do so by visiting the King Farm website under ‘Zoom Meeting Links’ or by using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7qiGSNufSJ-X6b-LCz0axA.
Complete the survey to submit additional questions – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HJNZY6T.