FPD is using every available resource to reduce street crimes in the City of Frederick.
A few tools used by the Department to combat this increase include the following:
- Increased visibility in areas identified by FPD Crime Analyst
- Plain clothes surveillance and decoy operations
- Increased Field Interviews of persons acting suspicious in targeted areas
- Crime prevention tips available to public
- Provide whistles for Whistle Defense initiative.
- Upon arrest, the Community Prosecutor/Edward Lulie will ensure the proper follow-up and aggressive prosecution of those arrested.
- Requested the assistance of Maryland State Police for increased visibility in the Rt. 40 area during the months of October, November and December.
- Detailed Crime Analysis and comparison with surrounding jurisdictions.
Please assist the Frederick Police Department with protecting our quality of life. We encourage all citizens to report suspicious activity at 301-600-2100 emergency call 911 or e-mail drug tips to email@example.com .
Crime Prevention Tips:
- If possible, don't walk alone during late-night hours. Walk in groups whenever you can—there is always safety in numbers.
- Let a family member or friend know your destination and your estimated time of arrival or return. That way, the police can be notified as quickly as possible if there is a problem.
- Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible. Avoid alleys, vacant lots, wooded areas, and other short-cuts or secluded areas. They are usually not well-lit or heavily traveled.
- Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. Walk close to the curb, avoiding doorways, bushes, and other potential hiding places.
- If you have to walk in the street, walk facing traffic. A person walking with traffic can be followed, forced into a car, and abducted more easily than a person walking against traffic.
- Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Don't stop to talk to strangers.
- Wear clothing and shoes that give you freedom of movement. And don't burden yourself with too many packages or items.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are wearing headphones, don't turn up the volume so high that you cannot hear outside noises.
- Never hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.
- Report any suspicious activity or person immediately to the Frederick Police Department at 301-600-2100 Or, if it is an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
- Avoid carrying large sums of cash, or displaying expensive jewelry in public.
- Wherever you are—on the street, in an office building or shopping mall, driving, waiting for a bus or subway—stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.
- Send the message that you're calm, confident, and know where you're going.
- Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.
- Know the neighborhoods where you live and work.
- Check out the locations of police and fire stations, public telephones, hospitals, and restaurants, or stores that are open late.
- Don't resist. Give up your property—don't give up your life.
- Report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.
The crime of “carjacking” – which is stealing a car by force – captures headlines across the country. Statistically speaking, however, your chances of being a victim of carjacking are very slim, and taking preventive measures can reduce that risk even more.
- If the carjacker threatens you with a gun or other weapon, give up your car. Don’t argue. Your life is definitely worth more than a car.
- Get away from the area as quickly as possible.
- Try to remember what the carjacker looked like—sex, race, age, hair and eye color, special features, clothes.
- Report the crime immediately to the police.