As in all urban areas, safety is a concern. Although Ridgely’s Delight is safer than many other neighborhoods in Baltimore, it is still important to use common sense to avoid becoming a victim. A few simple things you can do are:
- Never walk alone at night.
- Stay alert when walking. Never talk on the phone or have your headphones on while walking.
- Don’t leave anything visible in your car, even something that you don’t consider valuable.
- Call 911 to report any crime or if you see any suspicious behavior, such as people looking into cars or knocking on doors.
- Get to know your neighbors so you know who belongs in the neighborhood.
More safety tips can be found at the National Crime Prevention Council’s website, from the University of Maryland Police, and in the Ridgely’s Record.
Crime and Safety Committee
The Ridgely’s Delight Association has established a Crime and Safety Committee to work with law enforcement and community members to make our neighborhood safer. If you have a question or concern about crime or safety, or if you’d like to join the committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citizens on Patrol
Most Monday nights, volunteers from the neighborhood come together for Citizens on Patrol (COP). Their presence walking through the neighborhood provides extra eyes and ears for the police and helps deter crime. Patrols send a message to residents and potential criminals that our community is strong, cohesive, and alert. COP participants are observers only; they report any criminal or suspicious activity to the police and never attempt to get involved. For more information or to volunteer for COP, please email email@example.com.
The CitiWatch Community Partnership is a public–private partnership that allows residents to share footage from their home security cameras with the Baltimore Police Department. If you have a security camera, please consider registering it with at the CitiWatch website. Participation is voluntary, and owners can choose to stop at any time. Camera feeds are only accessed by the police in the event of a crime and with the owner’s permission.
If you see something, say something
Anyone can remain anonymous to protect their safety when they call 911 to report a crime. Residents seeking additional assurance of anonymity may register for an identification number with Baltimore’s Crime Watch Program. If you give that number when you call 911, the operator will not ask for your information and responding officers will not contact you to follow up.
Residents can file a police report about non-emergency incidents at the BPD website.
If you have been the victim of a crime, the Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center may be able to help.