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Seminar focuses on preventing carjackings

Responding to community concerns since the Sept. 8 carjacking that killed Savage resident Pam Basu, the Howard County Police Crime Prevention Section is conducting a Carjacking Prevention Seminar at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Locus Park Neighborhood Center in the Village of Long Reach.

The hourlong session is designed to help residents lessen their chances of becoming victims. Police encourage drivers to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Anyone, they warn, can become a victim of a carjacking, which can occur at stop lights, stop signs, gas stations or driveways.

The crime prevention section is also holding several Personal Safety Seminars in Columbia and Ellicott City at the request of various community groups. Groups interested in having a safety seminar can contact the section at 313-2230.

Crime Prevention officers will also perform home security surveys. During their inspection, officers make suggestions on how to correct any security risks they find in your residence.

County police held a Carjacking Prevention Seminar in the Savage area Thursday and will conduct another at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Forest Ridge Elementary School in Laurel.


* Kings Contrivance: 10200 block of Wayover Way: Someone threw a rock at a window of a home, breaking it Sunday.

* Long Reach: 8100 block of Cloudleap Court: On Thursday, someone stole a $50 pine tree, $25 palm tree and a $25 snake plant from a patio at an apartment building.

* 8800 block of Tamar Drive: Someone cut two tires to a 1989 Hyundai Excel between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

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