Police sponsor seminar to prevent carjacking

In response to community concern over the Sept. 8 carjacking that killed Savage resident Pam Basu, the Howard County Police Crime Prevention Section is conducting a Carjacking Prevention Seminar.

County police held a Carjacking Prevention Seminar in the Savage area Oct. 1 and will conduct a second at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Forest Ridge Elementary School in Laurel.

The sessions are designed to help citizens 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, 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 sponsoring 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 correcting any security risks they find in the residences.


* Jessup: 7700 block of Washington Boulevard: Two suspects entered a package goods store Monday and while one of the clerks was busy, a suspect stole $130 from the cash register.

*8200 block of Preston Court: Someone stole a $600 IBM Wordperfect software program from an office Saturday.

*6800 block of Old Waterloo Road: Someone attempted to steal a Chevrolet Camaro between Monday and Tuesday.

* North Laurel: 10000 block of Route 1: Someone stole a 1980 Ford truck Tuesday.

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