Sunday, November 2, 2008

Some new security and crime thoughts

A few tidbits related to crime, which came to my mind:
  • Buz ran into a Northern district member, who said, recently, that the robbery problem along Northern's border with the Northeastern district has been pretty bad recently, so they've detailed plainclothes units up in that area.
  • Your consultant ran into one of the officers working plainclothes: on his t-shirt, there was a logo of a stop-and-frisk, with the words: "real police work in the city". .........Ok, uh-uh. I ain't gonna touch that one.
  • This robbery problem was accentuated by Major Buzzoro at the community meeting at the Govans library when he talked about the problems just south of there along the east side of York Road, down to Coldspring or so.
  • As a result of that meeting, I signed up for a neighborhood communications crime group fostered by one of the folks at the meeting. We've noticed, along with, a real surge in burglaries along that York/Belvedere area, along with some other robberies along York Road, and the "carjacking" at York Road Plaza.
  • As a result of the Yahoo group's efforts, a bunch of citizens are going to get together at the leader's house tomorrow night for their first "Citizens-On-Patrol" walk, accompanied, this time, by one of Northern District's community relations officers. We're pleased that this tiny taxpayer's group is doing all it can to both alert people about crime, and patrol, and they have sent a letter of concern about a house that got raided on Belvedere for selling the wacky weed, etc.
  • Halloween in downtown Medfield was pretty quiet and uneventful; haven't heard too much from around town about how it went in other neighborhoods. How did your neighborhood survive during Halloween night?! Buz would like to know!
  • Did anyone else see Ralph Fridgen(?) on TV--UM's football coach? He was surrounded by city police and school police at the Dunbar-Edmondson game during the brief sports shot I saw. I mean, seriously, were they worried about his safety? Hmmmmm. Maybe. But shouldn't he have a bodyguard detail like the mayor and governor of several University Police? On the other hand, since he make more than a million $ a year, maybe they feel he should hire his own security/bouncers. I just thought it was kinda funny.
  • Buz noticed the double shooting in the 4600 blk. of Marble Hall over the weekend. Your consultant has noticed that area was where the former Morgan student was murdered last year, and maybe, just maybe, I think the killers of Ken Harris were headed up to that area, running thru the alleys north from Northwood. I hope the cops in Homicide are all over this shooting. 


Doorman said...

Police Overtime

As has been previously discussed, police overtime at bars and nightclubs is dead in the water.

As a bar or nightclub owner, what would you suggest? I'm contemplating bringing in the Sheriff's department or State Police.

buzoncrime said...

Dear doorman---
Well, if you really feel you need armed uniformed police officers to run your club, and suddenly they arre withdrawn, it would be important to rethink your business model.

There are probably a bunch of clubs in the city which don't hire armed, uniformed police officers. Some probably have armed officers from other jurisdictions or other persons with handgun permits (or not). Perhaps, one could use them as a model.

I'm uncertain if the city Sheriff's Department allows it's deputies to work outside bars/nightclubs. Apparently, the State Police do, but again I'm not sure if they're allowed to wear their uniforms while working in an incorporated city like Baltimore. (They are only allowed to have full police power in the city if in "hot pursuit" or requested by the police commissioner or mayor to do so.) To be honest, I'm not sure how many troopers would want to.
But to answaer your question more straightforwardly:
I would suggest---
*You assess your need for armed, uniformed police. How many do you have now? Why? When and how often have they been needed? Is it possible for those situations to be corrected without having police interventions?
* Assess your door/age checking policy. Do you strictly check for ID at the door, or do you allow in as many pretty girls as you can to attract the guys--if they swear they are 21?
*Assess your service policies. Are all your bartenders/servers/waitresses trained in how to spot inebriated and potentially violent persons and how to gracefully tell them "they've had enough".

This is just a start. A full risk assessment can only be done by a knowledgeable person visiting the site and observing your policies, procedures, and practices, and making recommendations for improvement of your security situation.