Homes jam-packed with glittering gifts. Stores, malls and downtown streets teeming with unsuspecting shoppers. People rushing around, stressed out and careless, looking for last-minute gifts, trying to get everything done. It’s enough to make a crook giddy with holiday joy. Here are some tips to help celebrate safely this holiday season:

IF YOU’RE TRAVELING

  • Get an automatic timer for your lights.
  • Ask a neighbor to watch your home and park in the driveway from time to time.
  • Don’t forget to have mail and newspaper delivery stopped. If it piles up, it’s a sure sign you’re gone.

IF YOU’RE OUT FOR THE EVENING

  • Turn on lights and the radio or TV so it looks like somebody’s home.
  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
  • Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from outside.

IF YOU’RE SHOPPINGImage result for holiday car thefts

  • Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
  • Park in a well-lighted space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts or cash; pay with a check or credit card whenever possible.
  • Deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Don’t overburden yourself with packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Only carry a minimal amount of credit cards when out shopping.
  • Do not carry your Social Security Card or PIN numbers in your wallet or purse, leave these items in a secure place at home.
  • Taking the extra time to close your purse and keep it with you while shopping or in public places will reduce the opportunity for thieves to take wallets and other valuables.
  • Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.
  • When possible walk to your car with someone or ask a store employee to walk with you to your car especially after dark.

IF A STRANGER COMES TO THE DOOR, BEWARE.

Criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts. And it’s not uncommon for people to try to take advantage of others’ generosity during the holidays by going door-to-door for charitable donations when there’s no charity involved. Ask for identification, and find out how the funds will he used. If you aren’t satisfied, don’t give. Help a charitable organization you know and like instead.

Last but not least, don’t let holiday stress get the best of your holiday spirit. Make time to get together with family, friends, and neighbors. And think about reaching out in the spirit of the season and helping someone who’s less fortunate or lonely.

Do your part to make the holidays a safe and happy time for everybody — except criminals.

TAKE A HOLIDAY INVENTORY

The holidays are a good time to update — or create — your home inventory. Take photos or make videos of items, and list descriptions and serial numbers. If your home is burglarized, having a detailed inventory can help identify stolen items and make insurance claims easier to file. Make sure things like TVs, DVD players, stereo equipment, cameras, camcorders. sports equipment, jewelry, silver, computers, home office equipment, and power tools are on the list. Remember to check it twice!

AFTER YOU’VE OPENED THE GIFTSImage result for trash boxes at curb

Burglars know that many households have new, and oftentimes expensive items in their homes following the December holidays — especially items such as new computers and peripherals, stereo components, televisions, cameras and other electronic equipment.

In too many cases, residents make it easy for burglars to figure out which homes to target by putting boxes that identify their new gifts in plain view with their other garbage. Avoid becoming an easy target for post-holiday burglars by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items in the alley or other recycling pick-up locations for several days at a time.

Instead, break down any boxes you are throwing out, put them in garbage bags and place them inside a trash can. (In many cases, especially with computer equipment, you might consider keeping the boxes for safe storage, shipping or moving in the future.) Think about keeping broken-down boxes inside – in a garage, for example — until the evening before your regular recycling pick-up.

Some burglars actually look inside garbage/recycling cans for evidence of holiday gifts. And, of course, if you see someone suspicious casing your street or alley, call 9-1-1. If you see a burglary in progress, call 9-1-1.

CELEBRATE RESPONSIBLY

Image result for dui checkpointThe holiday season is a time of celebration and revelry. Drinking and driving is a danger to everyone on the road. Remember that the risk isn’t worth it — if you choose to drink alcohol at a party, don’t drive. Take a cab, use public transportation or a designated driver. Have fun, but remember to celebrate responsibly.

 

REPORTING CRIME

Individuals who are victims of purse / wallet theft or credit card theft should make a police report and contact their credit card companies to cancel the card and contact the three major credit reporting bureaus to place a fraud alert on the cards.

 

These Crime Prevention Tips provided by the National Crime Prevention Council 1000 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. 13th Floor Washington, D.C. 20036 

Old Marlboro Pike Traffic Report
Week of 10/16/17-10/22/17

Overall traffic speed violations are down from three weeks ago thanks to UMPD presence and the driver feedback speed sign along Old Marlboro Pike (MD 725). The Speed Limit on Old Marlboro Pike is 25 MPH.

Quick Overview:

-37,121 vehicles traveled into Town using Old Marlboro Pike.
-28 MPH was the average speed of drivers.
-Speed violations reduced to 75% average.

 

Reminder that Town Offices will be CLOSED on Monday October 9, 2017 in observance of Columbus Day. Offices will re-open on Tuesday October 10th at 9am.

Refuse Collection Schedule: 

Residential Trash WILL be collected on Monday, and Bulk Trash and Yard Waste will be collected on Tuesday.

On September 26, 2017 the Town’s new Radar Speed sign was deployed to the newly re-constructed 14500 Blk of Elm Street with the below data gathered:

Posted Speed: 25MPH

Avenge Speed: 17MPH

Speed Violators: 219 out of 5,767 vehicles or 4%

Total Vehicles on Roadway: Average of 1,922 per day

 

I have attached the report to this email. The sign has been re-located to 725 to recharge and regulate speeding. Staff are working to relocate the sign to Main Street this week.

To view the full report click here: MyCustomReport2017-10-02 10-24-41

 

Upper Marlboro Partners with Passport to Launch New Mobile Parking Payment App

PassportParking® mobile app introduces easier way to pay for parking

Upper Marlboro, MD — Parking just got easier for the Town of Upper Marlboro. The Town will be announcing the launch of a mobile application for quicker parking payments. The PassportParking® app is powered by Passport, the global leader for parking and transit payments across cities and universities throughout North America.

The Town implemented the mobile parking app for a simpler way for drivers to pay for their parking sessions. Drivers can also use the app to:

  • Monitor parking sessions
  • Extend time remotely for the Town’s Church Street parking lot
  • View payment history
  • Receive email receipts

The app also features a digital wallet, which provides parkers with the ability to pre-load funds using their debit or credit cards to easily pay for future parking. Users can take advantage of initially loading $10 onto their digital wallets and thereafter can load funds in $5 increments to pay for their parking sessions.

“Passport is thrilled to bring our industry-leading mobile pay technology to the Town of Marlboro,” said Sarah Russell, project manager at Passport. “We’re excited to bring a mobile option to the town that seamlessly combines paying for parking to managing and extending a parking session in just a few taps.”

This system comes at no cost to the Town, as users pay a $0.45 convenience fee in addition to the parking rates. The system runs off the existing Town meters, with no need to upgrade the Downtown parking meters.

PassportParking is free to download through the App Store or Google Play. Users can also manage their parking at ppprk.com.

About Passport: Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sector. Passport’s product lines–parking payments, transit payments, enforcement and permit management–collectively serve to deliver dynamic tools for agencies to better connect with their communities. Its services have been adopted by over 300 agencies on over 3,000 locations globally including Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Portland, Westminster and Miami. Passport’s mission is to reduce operational complexity and deliver intelligent data to improve decision making for its clients. Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Grotech Ventures, Relevance Capital, and MK Capital. For more information, please visit www.passportinc.com

This morning, Town Public Works installed a Traffic Logix Solar-powered speed sign on Old Marlboro Pike (Rte. 725). This sign both alerts drivers to their speed, while collecting traffic data simultaneously (vehicle count, average speed, speed violators ect). This data will allow the Town Police to strategically deploy officers to enforce the speed when the most violations occur. This speed sign does not issue tickets.

Residents and the public can monitor LIVE Town traffic data gathered by the sign here: http://streetsoncloud.com/public/Town+of+Upper+Marlboro

 

Over the past few months, the Town of Upper Marlboro has received several complaints regarding feral cats within Town limits. While the Prince George’s County Animal Management Division is responsible for Animal Control within Town limits, below are some steps that can be taken by residents to assist in controlling and protecting the feral cat community within Town.

Cats roam outside in most neighborhoods in the United States. Some are domesticated pets whose owners let (or put) them outside, but many are community cats, who may be feral or one-time pets who are now stray, lost or abandoned. The more we understand outdoor cats and the complicated issues related to them, the more effectively we can help them, reduce cat overpopulation and protect wildlife. County Code prohibits the feeding of feral cats as it attracts other wildlife prone to carry rabies (raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes).

 

Where do community/feral cats live?

Community & feral cats typically live in a colony—a group of related cats. The colony occupies and defends a specific territory where food (a restaurant dumpster or a person who feeds them) and shelter (beneath a porch, in an abandoned building, etc.) are available. Although feral cats may be seen by people who feed them, strangers may not realize that feral cats are living nearby because they rarely see them. Stray cats tend to be much more visible, may vocalize and may approach people in search of food or shelter. Stray cats may join a colony or defend a territory of their own.

What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?
TNR is a nonlethal strategy for reducing the number of community cats and improving the quality of life for cats, wildlife and people. At its most basic, TNR involves:

  • Humanely trapping community cats
  • Spaying or neutering them
  • Vaccinating them against rabies
  • Surgically removing the tip of one ear (a “tipped” ear is the universally-recognized sign of a cat who has been spayed or neutered)
  • Returning the cats to their home

Information provided by: The Humane Society of the United States website

Town residents are encouraged to participate in a TNR program, especially if they provide for feral cats.

 

Below are some locations which offer TNR services: 

The Spay Spot
http://www.thespayspot.org/
3750 Brown Statiion Rd
301-254-8151

Bowie CLAW
http://www.bowieclaw.org/
Bowie Citizens for Local Animal Welfare
P.O. Box 116
Bowie, Maryland 20719-0116
bowieclaw@gmail.com

Rock Creek Cats
http://www.rockcreekcats.org/
P.O. Box 203
Garrett Park, MD 20896-0203

 

Be sure to follow these Emergency Preparedness Safety Tips provided by the Greater Upper Marlboro CERT Team and http://do1thing.com

 

GOAL FOR SEPTEMBER: Make sure everyone in your household can receive, understand, and act on information received in an emergency.Getting correct information during an emergency is the key to taking safe action. Someone in your household may not be able to receive, understand, or act on emergency information. Think about what special needs your household may have. Take action now to make sure everyone in your family will be safe in an emergency.

Things to consider…

  • Emergency news or weather broadcasts may not be closed captioned.
  • Information that is shown on screen may not be spoken aloud.
  • Automated voices and voices over loud speakers may be hard to understand.
  • Information comes quickly and the stress of a disaster may make it hard to understand or remember instructions.
  • Words moving across the bottom of a television screen may move very quickly.
  • The screen color or color of the text might make some information on television hard to read.

Town Offices will be CLOSED on Monday September 4th, 2017, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Offices will re-open on Tuesday September 5th at 9am. 

ALL REFUSE (Residential Trash, Bulk Trash, & Yard Waste) WILL BE COLLECTED ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 5th, 2017. 

 

The Board of Town Commissioners and Staff wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day weekend

 

The Town of Upper Marlboro Police Department has FREE Child Identification Cards available at Town Hall for residents and visitors to pick up during office hours. Pick one up today!

14211 School Lane, Upper Marlboro MD 20772 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm