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Vigilance Must Remain High in Prince George's County

Prince George’s County has certainly suffered through a rough start in the beginning of 2011 as 13 people have been killed in 13 days.  The interim Prince George’s County Police Chief, Mark Magaw, has implored to residents, “These homicides do not appear to be random acts, I expect this cycle of violence to be stopped.”    

He also stated that most of the crimes have been drug-related because of some of the victims’ criminal past.  So far Oxon Hill,surrounding areas Fort Washington, Temple Hills and Suitland, have suffered five of the 13 killings.  Even with that said, it is still important that residents do not let their guard down and continue to practice fundamental safety precautions.  Here are a list of some important tips that can help you keep yourself and your family safe.

  • First, in order to counteract the recent outburst of crime, PG Police Department always asks for assistance from residents that have information in regards to crime.  If you have any information that may relate to any unusual activity in your neighborhood, then call (301) 333-4000 for non-emergency situations and, of course, 911 in the event of an emergency.
  • It is equally important to know, for those residents that live in the Oxon Hill area, that you are considered to be in District IV (4) of the Community Service area.  The number to this district’s office is (301)749-4900.
  • According to PG Police Department’s Website, residents are asked when calling 911 to

        - Pay attention to physical characteristics of either the person or the vehicle when reporting a

          crime.

        - Remember that payphones are free when making a 911 call.

        - Only call when there is an actual emergency.  Non-emergency situations, which are described

          as theft, attempted theft, accidents, burglaries, harassing phone calls, and noise complaints

          are to call (301)333-4000.

  • Remember to also:

        - Work with Police or Sheriff’s office, as well as any security officer that maybe located in your

           neighborhood

        - Lock your doors and windows

        - Be aware of your surroundings

        - Do not open the door to strangers

        - Travel with another person whenever possible, especially when it is dark

        - Be aware of location (any alleys, dark spots, or areas with less foot traffic)

        - Know where your children are

        - Help children learn important numbers (i.e. parents’, close family members, emergency 911)

        - Set limits on where your children can go in your neighborhood

        - Work together with your neighbors

There is a lot of even more good information on the PG Police Department Website as well as the National Crime Prevention Council’s website