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National Night Out Against Crime begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. This year communities across Carroll County are taking part, including Westminster, Sykesville, Union Bridge and New Windsor. (Taneytown will have its event Aug. 15)

Added to that list is Eldersburg, which will host its first-ever National Night Out event at Carrolltown Center (see story, page 3).

We applaud communities taking part, as well as the State Police, Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement departments working with them to celebrate unity and a common disdain for crime.

In Carroll County, we enjoy a relatively low crime rate compared with some of our neighbor jurisdictions, but we should all be vigilant, and remember that each citizen is a potential extra set of eyes for the police. We must be alert, and savvy enough to make note of some basic crime prevention tips:

* Get to know your neighbors and their vehicles.

* Keep an eye out for strangers sitting in parked cars in your neighborhood.

* Be circumspect when using an ATM, especially at night.

* Take note if anyone is walking next to parked cars and looking inside.

* Be on the lookout in shopping center parking lots at night.

* Bear in mind that when you report something questionable to police, you are not "bothering" them.

This Tuesday, we hope residents can get out to a local National Night Out event and meet their local police, friends and neighbors. Enjoy the food, activities, displays and camaraderie — and join the effort to keep Carroll County safe.


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