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Police: Crime prevention


If You See Something, Say Something.

"If You See Something, Say Something," is a campaign to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and violent crimes, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper state and local law enforcement authorities. If you notice suspicious activity, please call 911. You can also report the activity to the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center at 1-800-492-TIPS (8477) or via email to MDWatch@leo.gov

Preventing scams

In most cases, scams are preventable. Please read these tips on how to "Be Scam-Smart" and share them with your family.


Burglary & theft prevention – Home security surveys

 A home security survey from Howard County police can provide you, your family and your valuables with an appropriate level of protection to reduce the odds of burglary and theft. The survey is simple, free and can be scheduled at your convenience. Officers perform a detailed security analysis of your home and provide you with a list of recommendations. An integral part of the survey is an assessment of your personal safety habits while in the home or in your yard. To take advantage of this free service, call 410-313-4795 and leave a message. For more information, call 410-313-3758.


 Auto theft prevention

Did you know? 

  • A vehicle theft occurs every 14 minutes in Maryland
  • Keys are left in more than 20 percent of stolen vehicles
  • More than two-thirds of all vehicle thefts occur at night
  • More than half take place in residential neighborhoods

Auto theft prevention tips 

  • Lock your car, and take the keys with you
  • Never leave your car running
  • Never leave valuables visible in your vehicle
  • Use a steering wheel lock
  • Use an alarm with an ignition disabling device
  • Install a vehicle recovery tracking system in your vehicle
Auto theft prevention brochure


Watch Your Car program


 Multi-cultural outreach & multi-cultural liaison

The Howard County police department multi-cultural liaison carries out the department’s community policing goals with diverse populations. PFC Bonita Linkins serves in this role and can be contacted at 410-313-6085 or blinkins@howardcountymd.gov. You may also leave a voice mail on the Spanish language line, 410-313-7807. In case of emergency, call 911. The liaison’s role is to establish positive relations with diverse community groups so residents will feel comfortable calling police when needed. The liaison also strives to help reduce crime and victimization of multi-cultural populations. The liaison builds relationships with civic groups, local industry, businesses and members of the community. The liaison also coordinates translation services so non-English speaking residents can communicate with police during critical and emergency incidents.


Senior safety & senior liaison

The population of senior citizens in Howard County is growing. With the unique challenges this community faces, the police department has devoted the resources and attention of a full–time officer to their needs. Senior Liaison PFC Andre Lingham is working to increase protection for the senior population and reduce levels of fear by establishing better communication between seniors and police. The senior liaison coordinates crime prevention and training and works closely with various senior citizen groups, government agencies and private institutions to ensure all the needs of seniors are being met. He can be contacted at 410-313-6089 or alingham@howardcountymd.gov.


Seniors and Law Enforcement Together The TRIAD/SALT group is the three-way partnership between the police department, the sheriff’s office and the American Association of Retired Persons to address crime issues that affect the health and safety of older citizens. These teams work together to reduce criminal victimization of seniors and provide law enforcement services to older persons. The group holds monthly meetings and crime prevention presentations on various topics at senior centers around the county. For more information, call 410-313-2207.
TRIAD brochure

CarFit The police department partners with the Howard County Office on Aging and AAA Mid-Atlantic to offer the CarFit program to seniors in Howard County. This program helps seniors find out how the “fit” of their vehicle affects driving and helps seniors adapt their vehicles to their changing needs. Doing this could make a lifesaving difference to you and your loved ones.

Arm Yourself with Knowledge Developed by the police department and the Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs, Arm Yourself with Knowledge offers presentations on identity theft, fraud, shopping safety, personal safety, home security, Internet safety, telemarketing and home improvement scams. Requests for presentations should be made by calling PFC Andre Lingham at 410-313-6089 or Lila Boor, Citizen Services, at 410-313-6420. 

Business & commercial safety

Business Watch brochure 
Food delivery employee safety 
Gas station employee safety 


More crime prevention brochures

Maryland Crime Prevention Institute