A pair of incidents has Nottingham residents on edge this week.
At about 12:15 a.m. on March 10, five suspects – one armed with a handgun – entered a home in the 9800 block of Whitney Drive, 21237.
The suspects assaulted the victims and stole cash, two cell phones, jewelry and keys.
Sometime between 2 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. on March 9, an unknown suspect used force to gain entry to a residence along Bohn Court, 21237.
The suspect stole clothing, electronics, jewelry and a television.
Police are urging residents to keep their doors locked and to be on the lookout for unfamiliar vehicles in the neighborhood.
As the warm weather approaches, the Baltimore County Police Department is warning residents about criminals who use deception to enter homes and steal property.
The suspects are adept at pretending that they’re someone that they are not. They will approach their victims and claim that they are from organizations such as Baltimore County, the Water Department, or BGE. They will tell the victim that they need to check something such as water pipes, or need to do some type of inspection. In some cases, the suspects have worn clothing that makes them look authentic such as bright yellow traffic vests. In some cases, they even show ID badges. While one suspect distracts the victim, another suspect will enter the home and steal money, jewelry, and other valuables.
Police offer the following tips to prevent deception burglaries:
- Do not allow uninvited repair workers into your home, especially if they want to fix something that you have not noticed is a problem (such as a leaky roof)
- Do not allow anyone to lead you anywhere in your home or on your property. This can leave other areas of the home unprotected so that a thief can access those areas.
- If someone claims to be at your home for an inspection, ask for picture identification and contact their company prior to allowing them into your home.
- Keep doors locked when possible to prevent anyone from entering your home while you are outside the house.
- Call 911 immediately if someone attempts to enter your home or you suspect someone is attempting a deception burglary.
- Watch for people offering services in your community and make sure to write down a description of the individuals and their vehicle, including a tag number.
- Older residents and those living alone are often targeted – keep in contact with your neighbors to ensure that they are not victimized.
- Always research companies before hiring them to ensure that they are legitimate companies with a good reputation.
- Report any suspicious persons, vehicles, or activity to police at once.
Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit detectives are working hard to solve these crimes, but they need the public’s help. Anyone with information on deception burglaries is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.
[Source: Baltimore County Police Department]
Freddie Mac on Thursday released the results of its weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing Baltimore mortgage rates moving higher for the second week in a row. Mortgage rates also posted just the second increase so far this year, making mortgage rates very attractive for the upcoming spring home-buying season.
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.68 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending March 10, 2016, up from last week when it averaged 3.64 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.86 percent.
The 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.96 percent with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.94 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.10 percent.
The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.92 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.84 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.01 percent.
Sean Becketti, chief economist at Freddie Mac, says, “The 10-year Treasury yield ended the survey week exactly where it started, however the solid February employment report boosted the yield noticeably on Friday and Monday. Our mortgage rate survey captured the impact of this temporary increase in yield, and the 30-year mortgage rate rose 4 basis points to 3.68 percent. This marks the second increase this year. Nonetheless, the mortgage rate remains 33 basis points lower than its end-of-2015 level.”
For more information on current Baltimore mortgage rates, contact Chris Montcalmo with Sierra Pacific Mortgage.
Source: Freddie Mac
Visitors to Honeygo Run Regional Park may want to keep a close eye on their vehicles.
Councilman David Marks reports that two cars were broken into there on Sunday, March 6th.
Marks is involved in ongoing discussions with local police and with the Recreations and Parks Department regarding security at Honeygo Run.
Visitors to the park are encouraged to keep valuables out of sight, lock car doors, and report any suspicious activity to the police.