PLEASE NOTE THIS DATE:
Wednesday, September 21, 2005, at 7:30 PM. This is the date for the first meeting of the Chief’s Advisory Board/Neighborhood Watch Meeting. We have a number of important issues to discuss that require the support and guidance of committed citizen partners. This is a date change from that previously announced for this meeting in the last newsletter. Please mark your calendars with this new date.
There have been a number of citizen armed robberies in Cheverly over the past several months. Most of these robberies have occurred along the Landover Road corridor, but several have occurred on residential streets in the single-family home area. In all of these robberies, with few exceptions, the victim was walking alone after dark. The Cheverly Police Department is developing a number of strategies to reduce citizen robberies, but I am also requesting Cheverly residents consider the following suggestions:
1. Walk with another person whenever possible.
2. Stay in well lighted areas and carry a flashlight, if possible.
3. Scan the area ahead of you for suspicious persons or vehicles, and if you note same, cross the street or walk up to the door of the closest house.
4. Do not wait to get home if you are the victim of a crime – Call 9-1-1 from your cell telephone or the closest residence where someone is home.
5. Do not resist an armed suspect or one who infers a weapon.
6. Be a nosey neighbor – call the police whenever your see anything suspicious.
I would like to thank all Cheverly residents who attended National Night Out on August 2, 2005. This was our biggest turn out to date and it was very gratifying to see so many interested citizens. In addition, I would also like to thank everyone who came to the Less-Than-Lethal Weapons demonstration on August 10, 2005. Corporal Billy Gleason of the county police did a great job demonstrating a number of weapons systems and their advantages and disadvantages. Look for more information on this important topic in the near future.
Great News! The Cheverly Police and Homeowner Anti-Burglar Partnership signs have finally arrived. These red and white signs are very distinctive and indicate to any passerby that a homeowner who displays such a sign has had his/her residence inspected by the police department and the contents inventoried and recorded. These red and white signs have been purchased by the town and are simply waiting to be displayed in the windows of homes that have passed the inspection.
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE !!!!
Not sure if you’ve had too much to drink? Don’t drive – one drink is a drink too many. The Cheverly Police Department reminds you that law enforcement will be out in full force this Labor Day looking for impaired drivers. Don’t risk losing your license, your car, or your freedom. Designate a sober driver, take a taxicab, use mass transit, or you’ll be taking a ride straight to jail. Remember: You drink and drive, You lose.
Please note the following notice that we received from Maryland MVA concerning new laws that will take effect October 1, 2005 concerning teenage drivers.
ATTENTION TEEN DRIVERS:
Here are 5 quick ways to lose your driving privileges*
1. Talk on your cell phone while driving.
2. Drive with friends in your car.
3. Don’t wear your seat belt.
4. Break Curfew.
5. Get a speeding ticket.
* Six new laws will take effect on October 1, 2005 that will apply to everyone** who has a learner’s permit or a provisional license.
** Yes. Everyone. Even you. In 2004, 138 people under the age of 21 died in car crashes. We don’t want you or any of your friends to be a statistic.
For more details, and exceptions, visit our web site at www.mvamaryland.com or call the MVA Customer Service Center at 1-800-950-1MVA (1682).