Tips to Prevent Package Theft this Holiday Season

During the holiday season, many people will choose to purchase gifts online and have them delivered to their home.  This often means that there will be more packages on doorsteps and more opportunities for thieves to steal these deliveries. The Montgomery County Police Department reminds residents of ways to ensure that packages are delivered to them safely and securely:

Choose A Delivery Address Wisely

  • Choose to Have Package Delivered to An Attended Location
    • When you order something online, consider sending the package to a place where you know someone will be available to receive it – your workplace or a friend or neighbor’s home.
  • Choose to Have Package Delivered to Carrier Location
    • Have your deliveries sent to the nearest shipping company center. Many shipping carriers will hold the package for up to five days.
  • Choose In-Store Pick Up
    • Many retailers provide the option of purchasing an item online and picking it up at the nearest retail location.

Know When Your Package Will Be Delivered – Sign Up For Notification Services

  • Many shipment companies offer services to help you track your deliveries by receiving text messages or an e-mail. You can then plan on being home at the time of delivery or ask a trusted friend or neighbor to stop by the delivery location and retrieve the package.
  • After receiving a notification alert and you determine that you won’t be home, many carriers allow you to re-route your shipment to another location or to the carrier’s facility for later pick-up.

Require A Signature

  • Many shipping companies offer a service that requires a signature for a package to be released.

Provide Delivery Instructions

  • Many carriers allow residents to provide instructions on where the deliveries should be placed at the home (side porch, garage door, etc.)

Insure Your Package

  • Consider insuring your package. Contact your chosen mail carrier for coverage policies and requirements.

The Department urges residents who shop online to follow these guidelines to help ensure their packages arrive safely.

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Detectives Investigate Possible Biased-Based Vandalism in Burtonsville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section are investigating a possible biased-based vandalism that occurred at a residence in Burtonsville.

On Wednesday, November 30 at approximately 6:25 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to a home in the 3000 block of Spencerville Road for the report of a vandalism.  The preliminary investigation by detectives revealed that earlier that morning, the homeowner awoke and discovered that swastikas, the word “racist”, and other derogatory words related to the homeowner’s possible political affiliation, had been spray-painted multiple times on all three of the family cars that had been parked in the driveway.  Detectives believe that the homeowner’s political affiliation may be the motive for this vandalism.

Anyone with information about this vandalism is asked to contact the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s).  Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Possible Biased-Based Vandalism to home

Possible Biased-Based Vandalism to vehicle

Possible Biased-Based Vandalism to vehicle

Possible Biased-Based Vandalism to vehicle

Concern for Missing Montgomery Village Man

Herve Fonkoua Fohom

Herve Fonkoua Fohom

Update: November 30, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. – Herve Fonkoua Fohom has been located safe and unharmed in Washington, D.C.  The police and family thank the public and media for sharing this missing person case.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 6th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Montgomery Village man.

Herve Fonkoua Fohom, age 23, of Crested Iris Court, was last seen by his mother at approximately 11:30 a.m. yesterday morning when she dropped him off at the Lakeforest Mall located at 701 Russell Avenue in Gaithersburg.

Herve Fonkoua Fohom is described as an African American male, 5’9” tall, and weighing approximately 190 pounds.  He has black hair, brown eyes, and tattoos that cover both of his arms.

Police and family are concerned for his emotional and physical welfare.

Anyone with information to the whereabouts of Herve Fonkoua Fohom is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours).  Callers may remain anonymous.

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Detectives Investigate Fatal Collision in Gaithersburg

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision that occurred this morning in Gaithersburg.

On Tuesday, November 29 at approximately 11:15 a.m., 6th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Snouffer School Road and Centerway Road for the report of a serious collision that had just occurred.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2000 Acura TL was making a left turn from northbound Snouffer School Road onto westbound Centerway Road and a 2000 Dodge Durango was traveling southbound on Snouffer School Road approaching Centerway Road.  The Acura and the Durango collided in the intersection.

The driver of the Acura, identified as Faisal Munir Dasti, age 42, of Brenish Drive in Gaithersburg, was not injured in the collision.  The front seat passenger, identified as Sultana Firdous Dasti, age 71, of Game Preserve Road in Gaithersburg, was transported to an area hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the Durango, identified as James Rudnick II, age 46, of Randolph Road in Wheaton, was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone who witnessed this collision or has information about this collision is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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Give the Gift of Life at the Officer Noah Leotta Memorial Blood Drive on December 21

Please join the Montgomery County Police Department in giving the gift of life by donating blood in honor of Officer Noah Leotta.

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DATE:

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

LOCATION:

Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, 20878
First floor conference room

HOURS:

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SIGN UP: *

Online at: http://rdcrss.org/1Ud4kXo

Call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767

*All donors are urged to sign up so that the Red Cross can adequately staff the blood drive.
*Walk-in donors will be accepted but may have a longer wait time.