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Old January 7th, 2017, 09:03 PM #1
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Crime in Frederick County

Hey gang, my family and I are considering moving to Thurmont. I have been there many time to go to Cunningham Falls Park, Catoctin Mountain Park etc. I have been asking friends in Frederick about what the county is like and have received mostly positive feedback. I do however hear often about the drug (Specifically opiate) problem that has been an issue in the county for a number of years. I have two small children and both mine and my wife's family have had histories of drug/alcohol abuse. I was wondering if anyone has experience with this issue in the area and what your thoughts are. I am a very active parent and have very pointed talks with my boys about drugs, sex etc.
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Old January 8th, 2017, 12:41 AM #2
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I live in Middletown and hear the same things you have. I think the major drug problem is localized to the few bad areas in the areas around the town. I don't think you have to worry about it anymore than you would anywhere else.

I grew up in a very affluent area of NJ in the 80s. There were drugs of all kinds available all over. We had a couple "21 JumpStreet" undercover cops as students the drugs were that bad. However, I never gave it a second thought. Parents raised me correctly like it sounds like you are. In my 40s now and a few friends from those days are dead of drug over doses. Also had 14 kids in my graduating class of 200 go to Ivy League colleges. Looking back the ones who ended up gone or down the wrong path had bad parents. I would never have been able to discern the connection of parenting to that in my teens but I see it now. I'm not saying all good parents are going to have drug free kids but I can see the correlation.

I think the drug problem here is no different than anywhere else. My worry with having a young child is the fact MD is going to legalize marijuana at some point. Not looking forward to that.
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Old January 8th, 2017, 06:52 AM #3
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We live on the south side of Frederick, Tuscarora school distrct.... NO WHERE is drug free... Its all in how you raise your child. School district is good, lot of college bound kids, good athletics; but also supposedly some "gang" activity.... One school in town had a shooting last year during a basketball game. Our youngest is very involved in his hockey and schooling... gets good grades and wants to play college hockey.... Homes are cheaper near Thurmont or on the other side of the mountain in Middletown... Its nice, we like it here.... just dont like MD politics
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Old January 8th, 2017, 07:58 AM #4
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I live just outside of Frederick (out towards Libertytown). As previous poster stated NO town is drug free. Yes, there are a couple of neighborhoods that should be avoided at night, but my wife and I feel very safe in downtown Frederick when going out to dinner and shopping. We have no worries about going anywhere in Frederick with our grandkids. As always be vigilant. I certainly feel a whole lot safer than Mont.Co (where I used to live) and feel much safer than most of DC where I work often.
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Old January 8th, 2017, 08:07 AM #5
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Well, they didn't come up with the name of Fredrock for nothing. But drugs are EVERYWHERE OP! There's really no getting around that. It's more so nowadays than ever about choices, than it is about location. Help your kids with theirs. And if you're a praying man, some of that probably can't hurt either.
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Old January 8th, 2017, 08:11 AM #6
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Here is the link to the Frederick County Crime map;

http://maps.frederickcountymd.gov/Ht...Config/Default

Some places are much worse that others, a lot of the druggies/punks don't travel far to do their car & house break ins.
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Frederick County is nice overall, in my opinion, even though I really dislike Md. Downtown Frederick is great for a night dining out, lots of nice shops also. We moved up here from Germantown about 23 years ago, no regrets about the move at all.

OP, if you're looking for property to build, we have 4.81 acres in Thurmont, heavily wooded with stream up for sale, just on the Frederick side of Thurmont.
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Crime in Frederick County

I've been surprised, given a recent civic assignment, at the level of drug activity here in fdrk county.

Being on 70 and in close proximity to 81, let alone D.C. And Baltimore explains the distribution networks and supply. Fdrk, like many communities is having a challenge with opiod use/overdoses and as the county/city has grown, there are increased frequencies (or maybe FNP is just reporting more of them) to crimes against persons. There have been recent stabbing son market street and firearm discharges in the city.

Thurmont is a smaller and a more 'sleepy' community but isn't immune to the drug trade - research fnp archive for a fall '16 story about drugs being sold from the Burger King.

I'd suggest you subscribe to the Frederick news post to get consistent updates on the happenings within the county. Drug use, impact are frequent stories in the paper. There was yet another indictment handed down this week for Herion distribution.


Here is today's front page.




We've raised our 4 daughters here in fdrk for the past 20 years and are looking forward to relocating when our youngest graduates from HS. She attends Oakdale HS and while there is not an acute drug problem, there is certainly some level of activity. Oakdale is the HS where a youngster brought a loaded pistol to school the week before Christmas.





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I don't know what the current situation is but Thurmont used to have some of the most KKK activity in MD.
There are many nice people that live there but... Not very culturally diverse in Thurmont.
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Have lived in Myersville since Jan 1990. No problems, don't even think about it until a few years ago when some punk torched a neighbors house because of a bad drug deal with their son. I actually saw the kid leaving the house with a gas can. Since caught and convicted. Like everywhere else need to keep your eyes open and PARENT! Thurmont is ok, should go about 10 miles further into PA.
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