Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tips for Autumn and Daily Events

Good Afternoon New Carrollton,

Fall has began and we know that there are a lot of residents that enjoy exercising outdoors while the weather is cooler
NCPD would like to share some safety tips to help keep our residents safe.
So for those of you who prefer to run during the evening please be sure to read the safety tip below.....


Plan Your Route

In the dark, it may be increasingly difficult to determine where you are, or how to get back to where you started, if you find yourself in an unfamiliar area. Planning the route you will run ahead of time, or running a route you are already familiar with, will help you avoid the possibility of getting lost. Further, knowing the route, as well as the area, ensures that you are aware of any possible obstacles, such as potholes or poorly maintained roads, that may be harder to spot in the dark. Be sure the route you plan is not only familiar, but well lit. And lastly, inform a friend or family member of your route, as well as the estimated time you will return.

Visible Clothing

It is imperative for your safety, and that of others, that you are visible to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. Be sure to not only wear brightly colored clothing, but to have plenty of reflective gear. Many running clothes combine brightly colored neon, sweat wicking, materials with reflective stickers and logos for increased visibility.  

Reflective Safety Vest

Reflective safety vests are a lightweight option to layer over your clothing, giving you added visibility to passersby. In addition to vests, other products, such as reflective wrist and leg bands are also available. It may seem excessive to add even more reflective layers over your already bright clothing, but in the scenario of night running, it is better to be seen from far away than to risk the chance of not being seen at all by an oncoming motorist.  

Headlamp

A quality headlamp designed for runners will benefit you two fold. First, it aids in alerting your presence to oncoming traffic. Second, it will light up the path in front of you, allowing you to see the path you are running on more clearly. If possible, find a headlamp that contains a bright front lamp, as well as a flashing rear lamp to wear on the back of the head, such as the, aiding in your visiblity to oncoming traffic. See:

Pepper Spray

Consider carrying a small running specific pepper spray. Unfortunately, most think of using pepper spray as personal protection against human attacks. While this danger may be present during your night run, a more likely situation may be an animal attack. Even typically non dangerous animals may be startled and provoked by your presence at night. Pepper spray is non-toxic and will not create lasting damage, but may be enough to halt an unexpected attack from a human or an animal.  

Daily Events 9/23/2015
*** Please be advised. These are not all calls our Officers run on any given day. These are ones we feel are of importance to our community.***


0743 hrs. School Check/ Lamont Elementary School, all clear.

0800 hrs. School Check/ Charles Carroll Middle School, all clear.

0920 hrs. Residential Alarm/ 6105 85th Av., Accidental by homeowners.

0924 hrs. Accident/ 8100 blk Annapolis Rd., minor damage, no reported injuries, information was exchanged.

1014 hrs. Residential Check/ 5400 Blk 85th Av., citizen complaints of suspicious activity at the location. A foot patrol was conducted with nothing found. 

1016 hrs. 911 Hang up/ 7800 blk Riverdale Rd., Heritage Sq, accidental by children playing with the phone.

1030 hrs. Premise Check/ New Carrollton Metro Station, all clear.

1130 hrs. Premise Check/ Carrollton Pkwy & Farmcrest Dr., citizen complaints of suspicious activity at the location. A foot patrol was conducted with nothing found.

1130 hrs. Business Check/ CVS, all clear.

1150 hrs. Business Check/ Shoppers, all clear.

1153 hrs. Domestic/ 5500 Blk Karen Elaine Dr., the complainant states that she was having a verbal dispute with husband over marriage. Complainant decided that she no longer wanted police services.

1213 hrs. Theft/ 7600 Blk Riverdale Rd., Fountain Club Apts., the complainant states that a friend refused to return personal property. He was referred to Civil court.

1245 hrs. Business Check/ Plaza 30 Shopping Ctr., citizen complaints of suspicious activity at the location. A foot patrol was conducted with nothing found.

1310 hrs. Warrant Service/ NCPD Station, arrestee turned himself in on an outstanding warrant.

1335 hrs. Premise Check/ New Carrollton Metro Station, all clear.

1406 hrs. Residential Check/ 5400 Blk 85th Av., citizen complaints of suspicious activity at the location. A foot patrol was conducted with nothing found. 

1428 hrs. School Check/ Robert Frost Elementary, all clear.

1500 hrs. Business Check/ 7-Eleven, all clear.

1636 hrs. Missing Person/ 5800  blk Oland Dr., caretaker states that the subject has been missing for two days. PGPD DB and Lt. Butler were notified. 

1833 hrs. Residential Alarm/ 7900 blk Powhatan St., accidental by homeowner.



Have a great afternoon!
-Chief Rice

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