Letters: Annapolis police chief urges people to lock their cars; More on 297(g)

Lock up your car

Each new year brings optimism to the Annapolis Police Department. Our optimism begins with the premise that people will remove their valuables from their car and lock the doors.

However, our optimism quickly fades. This year we want to stay positive. We want to push the theft numbers down and I know that you’ll help us and not be a victim in 2019.

I’m sure you’re asking, “How can I prevent being a victim of theft in 2019?” It’s all very simple. Remove all valuables from your vehicle, don’t leave a spare key to the vehicle in the vehicle and lock your vehicle doors at all times. In addition, if you have a garage don’t leave the keys in the vehicle or hanging in the garage. Take them with you and lock your door that leads from the garage to your home.

We recently posted a video on our Facebook page of a theft from a vehicle where the thief broke a window, grabbed a purse that was left on a vehicle seat and fled. This all occurred in less than 40 seconds.

Help us remain optimistic in 2019. Remove valuables and lock your vehicle. Report suspicious activity to the Annapolis Police Department by calling 410-268-4141 or 911 in an emergency. If you are the victim of a crime please use the same numbers to report it to us.

POLICE CHIEF SCOTT BAKER

Annapolis

Supporting Pittman

The Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee supports County Executive Steuart Pittman’s repeal of Steve Schuh’s unilateral and shortsighted implementation of the 287(g) program in 2017.

We thank Pittman for interviewing law enforcement professionals such as police and detention officers and trust their judgment that the repeal of 287(g) will have no negative impact on protecting our community. Effective law enforcement is dependent upon community trust and Pittman has taken us forward in ensuring that trust.

As Democrats, we know that working together with all members of our community makes us safer, while fear mongering and distorting facts do not. We will be here working for all members of our county, advocating for a safer and more prosperous future for all, just as we have all along.

PATRICK ARMSTRONG

Chairman, Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee

Glen Burnie

Senior residences

I think Fred Weingarten (The Capital, Jan. 8) may have misinterpreted the intent of Anne Parker’s letter (The Capital, Jan. 5).

Like others before her, Parker enumerated all the reasons the Village at Providence Point does not belong “in this area,” i.e. Forest Drive. I doubt she harbors “negative prejudices against seniors” when she suggests senior retirement communities should be “tucked away” like Ginger Cove and Bay Woods.

Just because these communities are “tucked away” does not mean the residents have to be. Residents of these communities enjoy all the same activities and resources of downtown Annapolis that the Weingartens enjoy.

These people are not hostages in their homes. I will bet that many have managed to find downtown Annapolis all by themselves and without the inconvenience Weingarten imagines.

And Parker is right. The Village at Providence Point does not belong “in this area.”

LOIS ROSS

Annapolis

A new year

A New Year is a new beginning for many of us.

Despite the horrific events at The Capital last year when a crazed gunman with a vendetta shot and killed five, the remaining grief-stricken staff kept the paper going. They never gave up and moved on.

In this great country of ours, we all have rights. Rights come with responsibilities — to use common sense, and give honest feedback. Many just don’t get it.

The Capital staff felt a responsibility to their community by forging ahead, and that’s what we all need to do. Those who are disappointed with some of last year’s events, deal with it and move on.

JOYCE MASTERSON

Annapolis

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