Protection from crime is topic of free program

THE BALTIMORE SUN

You can learn from a reformed burglar how to protect your home.

You can also learn from a rape crisis expert how to avoid a sexual assault.

These and other crime prevention methods will be featured at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the annual countywide Neighborhood Crime Watch Program at Westminster High School.

State police and the Neighborhood Watch Steering Committee will conduct the program as part of Crime Prevention Month.

Seminars to explain banking safety, neighborhood crime patrols, how the 911 emergency system functions and how to avoid sexual assaults will run from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Local businesses will demonstrate alarms, glass, locks, lighting and windows.

Those who attend the free neighborhood meeting can learn from an insurance company representative how to recoup losses and can learn from a banker how to protect your money.

The program will include instruction by members of the state police crime prevention unit on how to prevent break-ins in homes and offices, said Tfc. James S. Emerick of the Westminster state police barracks.

Trooper Emerick said county residents experienced 163 break-ins during July, August and September. Westminster saw 59 break-ins during those months, he said.

Finksburg residents experienced 17 break-ins, Taneytown had 13, Sykesville had 12, and Eldersburg and Hampstead had 10 each.

Police said jewelry and electronic equipment headed the list of articles stolen, followed by cash.

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