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LIVE BLOG: Police Talk Public Safety at Perry Hall Improvement Association Meeting

The PHIA featured public safety information Thursday evening at the Perry Hall Library.

Due to technical difficulties, Patch was unable to load live updates during the meeting. Meeting notes were loaded shortly after 9 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

PHIA president Dennis M. Robinson, Jr. was unable to attend the meeting because he was out of town. Community volunteer and White Marsh firefighter and PHIA official Jack Amrhein conducted the meeting. 

County Councilman David Marks spoke. 

Diane Brazil was recognized by Marks with a resolution, as a departing member of PHIA leadership. Marks introduced her as a dear friend. 

He also recognized other departing PHIA leadership, Bill Libercci, Elmer Klein and Robert Mowry. 

Marks also introduced members of the dog park committee, and presented a $5,000 donation from a local developer who is planning senior living housing. 

"We're just trying to get the dog park going, we know the county doesn't have any money," a committee member said. 

"Does this mean that parks and rec is going to the dogs?" another committee member joked. 

7:43 p.m.

Capt. Michael Balog began speaking and said that new traffic initiatives are in the works for the White Marsh and Perry Hall areas. 

The precinct secured a federal grant for better pedestrian enforcement, especially between White Marsh Mall.

"Perry Hall is not crime-free, I read the blogs, I read the Patch. But there are no big trends I can tell you about. There will always been people with addictions, and they steal copper. The BGE plant has been burglarized several times."

A community member asked about violent crime connected with smart phones. 

Balog said an AT&T store on Pulaski Highway was burglarized, and that robbers have been searching pockets and sometimes stealing phones. 

7:47 p.m.

Balog focused on disaster preparedness, and shared the Zombie Apocalypse information from FEMA. 

"They're hoping to get more people to read this stuff. I don't know what we're going to do next to get people to pay attention," he said. 

"Don't wait until the day before a storm to get a generator or water containers, you won't find them," he said. 

7:50 p.m.

Balog cautioned community members against donating to non-legitament organizations claiming to support Sandy victims.

"The king of Kenya in Nigeria does not need your credit card number," he said.  

A community member complained about speeding on Honeygo Boulevard. A patrol officer is stationed there, Balog said. "They built parks and open space next to a four-lane highway. We get the most complaints about speed during rush hour," he said. 

Balog said he is not responsible for the speed camera being moved near Perry Hall High School.

7:53 p.m.

Capt. Gordon Skinnner cautioned against homeowners who do not lock their cars and doors. People have been leaving garage door openers and keys from one vehicle to open another vehicle. 

Skinner spoke about a robbery in Parkville, where a man who is known for sex offenses was arrested shortly after stealing a woman's purse. He asked community members to report minor sex offenses. 

He said he is focuses on increased presence at area schools. 

Skinner talked about how detectives from Parkville and White Marsh work together in investigating burglaries, they share information and police reports to investigate trends because the boundary splits Perry Hall. 

Balog said that they share radio channels. 

 "During the Perry Hall shooting, police came from everywhere," Balog said. 

Jack Amrhein cautioned people against talking about Christmas shopping on social media, he also told people to park in well lit areas, and keep valuables in the trunk where it can't be seen. 

Balog told people to be careful about shopping online and leaving delivered packages on their lawns. He also told people not to leave boxes of valuables that have been opened outside in the trash for longer than needed. 

Balog told people not to leave cars running. 

Amrhein asked people to enjoy the snow and drive slow, clear a path in front of their homes, and not to go out if you don't need to. He asked people not to leave fire hydrants covered with snow. 

Del. John Cluster said that Annapolis is making things harder for the police, by making it legal for people to leave cars running in their driveways. He asked community members to contact him if they have any ideas for legislation. "6 or 60, if you come up with an idea, let us know," Cluster said. 

He said police "don't get the respect they deserve. When you see a police man or fireman, thank them."

8 p.m.

Amrhein commented on the recent election and said, "Everyone has their opinion on who won, but at least here in Perry Hall, we're lucky to have people who work across party lines."  

Marks said delays in northeastern Perry Hall should be expected because of road resurfacing, and should be done by Thanksgiving. 

He also talked about the new street light planned on Joppa Road. Honeygo Park is also going to be getting new clearly marked travel lanes. He also commented on long lines at the Chapel Hill Elementary polling place. 

 A community member said that parking and lines are especially an issue with the elderly.  

The Perry Hall Improvement Association is planning their annual tree lighting on Dec. 11. 

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Check back for live updates at 7:30 p.m.

Emergency preparedness, home burglaries, traffic issues—the Perry Hall Improvement Association's November meeting is focusing on public safety around Perry Hall.

Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Perry Hall Library, Capt. Michael Balog of the White Marsh police precinct is expected to provide public safety updates and take questions from community members.

All are welcome to attend and encouraged to become members

Balog has participated in several PHIA and community meetings. Find live blogs of meetings in November 2011 and February 2012 by clicking on the links. 

Patch plans to live blog the Thursday meeting, as well. 

What would you like to know about public safety in Perry Hall? Tell us in the comments.

FIFA November 08, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Why does it take so long after a crime has happened for it to be released to the Patch/Public?
J Umbridge November 09, 2012 at 09:23 AM
Can you ever say anything positive?
NottinghamFamily November 09, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Glad to see the info up this morning. I had a feeling something was wrong with the technology! It sounds to me like the PHIA had the community's best interests at heart. We recently made a few high dollar purchases and made sure to chop up the boxes rather than put them out whole for viewing if you will. Also, we've stopped warming up our vehicles and leaving them running. The online shopping thing is hard. I do have a few friends who have many items shipped to their workplace after checking with their employers. Better to bring it home than have it sit all day while we're at work. It's good to hear that the police are listening to concerns and addressing them. He has a good point about people with addictions, but I think many are still concerned about mall crime and neighborhood crimes like the person walking out the front door (keeping your doors locked at all times is good advice here) and the woman approached with the man with a knife outside her door is another crime that comes to mind. I have seen more police cars in the area, so know they are out there.
William Lutostanski Jr November 09, 2012 at 02:51 PM
"Del. John Cluster said that Annapolis is making things harder for the police, by making it legal for people to leave cars running in their driveways" While probably not the best idea why would this ever be illegal? I think Annapolis has much bigger problems than trying to legislate weather or not people leave their cars running in their own driveways.
Vicki Rummel November 09, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Apparently, it was illegal to leave your car running, but now it's not. Yes, that means they spent time on this issue twice.
FIFA November 09, 2012 at 04:05 PM
My, my, my - your second post. Glad to see you read my comments. Too bad you don't find them positive. My question is a reasonable question. Can you ever say something intelligent? J?
William Lutostanski Jr November 09, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I find this to be slightly crazy, government regulating your own car in your own driveway, and the fact that they actually spent time on this. Del Cluster the people want our legislature to work on important issues, please focus !
Tim November 09, 2012 at 04:43 PM
This is a new level of ridiculousness.
Tim November 09, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Wow, talk about what's wrong with our society. Never mind parents taking responsibility for their own kids. Nah, let's just sue someone else minding their own business on their own property.
FIFA November 09, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I have corrected my earlier post: There actually may be some logic to the problem of leaving your car running. Stolen car comes to mind.. Remote start, different subject, the car is locked. You might get sued for the 10 year old example if something happens to that kid, attractive nuisance comes to mind. From Wikipedia, "In the law of torts, the attractive nuisance doctrine states that a landowner may be held liable for injuries to children trespassing on the land if the injury is caused by a hazardous object or condition on the land that is likely to attract children who are unable to appreciate the risk posed by the object or condition." In Maryland, you should prevail however. Maryland is one of seven states that does not hold the "attractive nuisance" as a valid argument for winning a law suit in this example. The child, regardless of age, would be considered a trespasser. This would not prevent you from being sued, but you might have to go a ways in court to ultimately win.
You November 09, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I personally have noticed a huge police presence on the side roads and in my neighborhood during the daytime the past two months. I am curious if this is part of a new initiative to keep a closer eye on our neighborhoods while people are working? I work out of my home office and leave and return all day to meet clients and conduct field work; it is a bit freaky at times to see police cars everywhere, but its for our greater safety.
Delegate John Cluster November 09, 2012 at 09:42 PM
To all concerned about what is happening in Annapolis. This crazy bill to allow people to let their cars running in their driveways was not, nor would ever be a piece of legislation I would sponsor. I agree, we have bigger issues to deal with. This is just another issue that comes about when the leadership does not want to deal with the bigger issues and it becomes a contest as to who can put in the most bills. Again I agree we have bigger issues to deal with. The reason I brought it up at the meeting was in response to Captain Balog's discussion about a recent carjacking where someone left their car running and left it unattended. It was and will be a stupid law, that will in my opinion cause more car thefts and carjackings and will cause the police more work.

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