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AIA Holds Crime Summit

Meeting at Arbutus United Methodist Church discussed crime and other problems in the community.

Several dozen people gathered at Arbutus United Methodist Church on Sept. 30 at a meeting organized by Arbutus Improvement Association to discuss crime and other problems that affect the quality of life in the community.

After words by Delegates James Malone and Steve DeBoy, Officer Tom Wareheim of Precinct1/Wilkens presented data on crime trends in the community—most of which had declined from the previous year, except for certain categories such as theft from automobiles.

Wareheim discussed ways that some crimes against property can be prevented, and encouraged those in attendance to sign up for free home security inspections provided by Baltimore County Police Department.

Capt. John Spiroff, commander of Precinct 1/Wilkens, answered questions about policing and crime prevention, and Pete Kriscumas, legislative aide to Councilman Tom Quirk, spent a great deal of time discussing chronic problems such as parking issues and rats.

Other issues that came up at the meeting included disruptions from athletic activities at area schools, rowdy UMBC students who live off-campus, grafftiti and vandalism.

"I thought it was very productive," said Nikki Marlatt-Young, President of Arbutus Improvement Association. "It was very exciting to have such a great turnout. I just hope that people will come back, because we will continue to talk about these issues."

The meeting was met with a positive response from members of the community that attended.

"It was absolutely wonderful," said Lorna Rudnikas, President of Wilkens Police Community Relations Organization. "People are interested and looking for answers, and they're getting answers."

"I hope it will be effective in resolving some of these issues that have been boiling over for years," said Mark Humpheys, who lives on the 5400 block of Highridge St. and has issues with neighbors. "I hope things can get solved. They can get solved, but nobody's ever done anything."

al walker October 02, 2012 at 12:30 PM
a community that complains together stays together
Lorna D. Rudnikas October 02, 2012 at 04:21 PM
It was so great to see the numbers of folks who attended this Summit. Congratulations to the AIA for all the great work they do for the community, in so many successful ways. The Wilkens Police & Community Relations Org. (WPCRO) is happy to have the AIA as one of our strong supporting community organizations.
Stiffy McDermott October 02, 2012 at 07:50 PM
The signs point to a decline. From the crack heads at the bus stop near Right Aid to the zoo that is Wal Mart, i don't see upstanding young families being attracted to this area.
Arbutus Improvement Association October 02, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Lorna, We are happy to be apart of a Great Organization such as WPCRO. Our Police Officers & Fireman are a huge part of this community as they put their lives on the line for residence unselfishly. We too are extremely happy to see so many community residence come out to voice their concerns. From day one of the AIA reformation we have strongly said its those that show up that makes the most impact on decisions and changes to come in the community we live in. Working together will better our neighborhoods and community as a whole. It was great to see all the new faces on Sunday evening and we look forward to seeing everyone again as we work towards correcting the concerns that were discussed. Nikki Marlatt-Young

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