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West Laurel: Neighborhood Watch meeting provided valuable home security information

It's officially fall. When that happens I like to officially comment about the acorns. I do this because every year the acorn situation is different than the year before. A couple years ago, there were no acorns. None. Last year, the acorns were plentiful and very big. This year they are more than plentiful but are small and look like the squirrels are chewing them up before they hit the ground. I also have a yard full of bunches of green leaves that appear to be nibbled off the oak tree. What does all this mean? I have no idea. With that said, I could be rich if I could sell my acorns; there is a quadrillion of them.

The West Laurel Civic Association Neighborhood Watch meeting was a big success with many West Laurel neighbors ingesting a lot of information about 911 and home security. The 911 system is designed to be used for emergencies only. It should be used to report fires, medical emergencies, life-threatening emergencies and crimes that have just occurred or are in progress. Citizens that wish to report a non-emergency situation that require the dispatch of public safety personnel should dial 301-352-1200. This number should not be used to obtain information. The non-emergency number should be used for things like loud noise or music that is causing a disturbance; a property damage accident; theft of property that recently occurred; vandalism when the suspect is gone; or when a vehicle is blocking a driveway or street. You should only call the emergency number when you are requesting the dispatch of public safety personnel such as police, sheriff deputies, or fire/EMS.

When citizens dial 911 or the non-emergency number, the calls are routed to the Prince George's County Public Safety Communications 911 Center. Calls are answered and processed by highly trained and nationally certified personnel. Please be sure to only dial 911and the non-emergency number when appropriate.

If you have any concerns or comments about 911, the non-emergency number or Public Safety Communications, you can send an e-mail to 911customerservice@co.pg.md.us.

Cpl. James Beasock, our assigned community police officer, addressed many questions at this meeting and welcomes your communication. Contact him at 301-937-0919 or jwbeasock@co.pg.md.us.

Join our community police officers at Coffee for Seniors, Thursday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. at the new Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, which is right behind Laurel Regional Hospital.

The West Laurel Civic Association is now collecting dues. All West Laurel residents should have received a letter with instructions to pay dues. Please consider joining the West Laurel Civic Association and pay your $15 annual dues. You can also join and pay dues at the Fall General Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the West Laurel Community Building. Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III will be the speaker.

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