Saturday, July 19, 2008

Recent observations on crime and security, mostly Baltmore area

~Buz went to Towson Town Center yesterday afternoon, and notice that 4 Baltimore County Police officers were there on duty for the shopping center. All were posted on an upstairs centrally-located position where the center court could be observed. When questioned, one of the officers said that often on Fridays, at closing time 4 officers are needed to supplement the security force. You know, we get a lot of gangs here around closing time. Come on over then; you'll see. Buz declined. {Gosh, I wish we could find some economic development use of all our gangs around here. Maybe, like a private security force, like Blackwater; or maybe a new religion, or maybe a new reality game show.}
~Buz wondered how that suit against the operators of that mall by the family St. Paul's Schools administrator killed there is going: like, what's its status, or has it been settled.
~Interesting that many of the merchants in cross keys are complaining that they don't get a lot of drive-through or walk-through traffic to their stores. Well, you're located in a gated community; most of the stores cannot be seen from Falls Road. Life's full of trade-offs, one of which is often security and accessibility.
~One of my colleagues from Syracuse University on a college security list serve is taking a survey of schools to find of other large schools to find out: a. if they have any or full desk coverage at the entrance to dorms. b. If yes, do student cover the door security, or is it paid professional staff. c. do schools use cameras in residence halls. d. are the doors set up so that only one person at a time can go in.         I wonder if any readers can share experiences with these questions at their schools.
~~JHU's web security tips says: (paraphrasing) stay away from groups of older juveniles on the street who you are not familiar with. Take measures to avoid them if you feel suspicious or threatened. Good idea; wonder why it's necessary?
~Getting back to Syracuse, it must be even worse: they recommend walking or jogging or biking in groups of three or more. And don't approach strangers or let them get close to you. Oh, well, guess when next time I'm in Syracuse, I won't ask an Orangeman for directions. The three of them might jump me.


Anonymous said...

From my time at Towson University:

A. Yes
B. Both, mainly professional security, I believe Abacus.
C. Not in the halls, there are a select few in some of the areas surrounding the residence halls.
D. No.

buzoncrime said...

Thanks, anonymous! Overall, I wonder how is the security at Towson.

helix said...

The JHU security tip is good, but I would not have used the adjective "older" juvies. Sometimes it is shocking how young trouble-makers can be. People don't believe that until they see it happen.

Anytime a group of rowdy kids is around and they aren't doing anything identifiable, that spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E. They might not have a plan to rob someone but all it takes is one or two ringleaders and a few manipulable "at risk" youth to turn horseplay and taunts into a full beat-down or robbery attempt. I've seen it happen multiple times.

I call 911 whenever I see a group of kids hanging out who I know aren't going to play sports or are somehow "out of context". I take a head count and identify a couple kids who are dressed differently. At least there is a record of a call and possibly a cop will see them and make a mental note in case something happens later on. In the best possible case, the cop will pull up to the kids and ask them what they're doing.

buzoncrime said...

I agree with you, Helix. A lot of these younger kids in "wolf-packs" can be an annoyance. Their favorite thing is to mess with someone, grab something, pull a woman's hair, deliberately bump into you, etc.

As they get older and "tougher", they move into "banking" people, i.e., grabbing someone, roughing them up, throwing them on the ground, maybe getting a punch or kick or two in. Then they walk away laughing.

You'll see a fair amount of that stuff on the JHU daily and weekly crime report. But it happens all the time throughout the city with both white and black thugs.

However, when they get older,they're much bigger and can really hurt you; often they graduate to robbery. By the way, did you see another man was beaten and stomped to death in Patterson Park a week or so ago? ---not too far from Zach Sower's beating. Don 't hear much about that case; he didn't have credit cards, probably, for the cretins to use.

On the other hand, he probably just fell off a park bench, and hit his head, or had some pre-existing condition.

Anonymous said...

Back in '03 there were one or two rapes that happened in the private Valley View Apartments in the middle of campus. That sent shockwaves through the campus and after that security was taken pretty seriously. Which led to great displeasure when under the guise of preventing crime the TUPD banned the Thursday night drunk buses from coming to campus. Overall though security was decent, not overbearing but enough to deter most serious crime

buzoncrime said...

Thanks, again! I wonder how any alums or students at MICA grade the security at that school.