Suspicious Behavior Report

Some scary news from the City of Frederick’s Alert system:

On 10/03/2011, the Frederick Police Department received a report of suspicious behavior that they would like to make the public aware of.

On 10/03/2011 at approximately 1600 hours, 3 teenage females were jogging in the area of the 100 block of S. Market St. Two of the females were ahead of the third and as they approached the intersection of S. Market and All Saints St., 2 males blocked the sidewalk and said “come here ladies”. As the females attempted to pass, one of the males grabbed the back of one of the female’s sweatshirt. She was able to pull free and both females then ran back the way they had come to make certain that the third member of their group did not attempt to pass the males alone. When the females again approached the area, the males were gone.

It was believed that there was a third male involved and seated in a maroon minivan parked across the street. This van was also gone when the females returned.

The suspects are described as 3 black males, all in their 40’s. One was possibly wearing a green or blue winter weight jacket. The van was described as an older model, “beat up”, maroon minivan.

The Frederick Police Department urges members of the public to be cautious and alert for suspicious behavior at all times. For those who run or walk for recreation, or physical fitness, it is recommended that they vary their route and routine on a regular basis. Always remain alert to what is ahead and around you. If a situation makes you uncomfortable, turn and alter your direction prior to approaching. Exercising as a group is a measure of safety as well. Carry a cell phone if possible and do not hesitate to call the police to report any threatening or suspicious situation.

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Police Request Citizens Remain Vigilant on 9-11 Anniversary

From a City of Frederick press release:

The Frederick Police Department is urging residents to be vigilant as the 10th anniversary of 9-11 nears. After the death of Osama Bin Laden news reports indicated the recovery of plans by Al-Qaida to conduct attacks in the United States. We currently do not have any intelligence indicating plans for an attack in our area, but encourage that citizens observing any suspicious activity should immediately report it to the Frederick Police Department.

Be careful out there.

Suspicious Fires

This is scary: “As fire safety and law enforcement officials continue to investigate a series of about 10 suspicious fires in recent months, including a pair on Sunday, many residents of the West Eighth Street and Young Place neighborhood live in fear their home may be next.”

Crime Down in Frederick

From a Gazette article:

The Frederick Police Department announced today that major crimes in Frederick are occurring at the lowest rate since 2005.

According to Frederick Police Chief Kim Dine, part one crime — which is classified by the department as major crimes including homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft/larceny and stolen automobiles — was down 5.8 percent in 2010.

In 2010, there were two murders, 16 rapes, 87 stolen automobiles, 162 robberies, 262 burglaries, 274 incidences of aggravated assault and 1,363 thefts.

Overall crime is also at its lowest rate since 1991, despite the city adding more than 20,000 residents during that timeframe.

Good news!