Crime Prevention

If You See Something, Say Something

This campaign aims 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 email to

Home Security Surveys

A home security survey 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. Howard County Police officers or auxiliaries 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 410-313-2207.

Avoiding Scams

In most cases, scams are preventable. Please read these tips on how to "Be Scam-Smart" and share them with your family and neighbors. For more tips on how to avoid scams and to see a current list of known scams, visit the Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs' website or contact the office at 410-313-6420 or

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