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Old May 6th, 2019, 07:34 PM #11
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You live in the most dangerous and crime ridden section of Howard County.
There was a murder on Spiral Cut this weekend.
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Well, you are armed, so thats a start. My additional advice would be security cams or doorbell cam, and loud barky pets, if your lease allows it.

It is the "bad" section of Columbia, but having lived in Baltimore, i'd say you will survive. Bad is relative. Avoid stupid places, stupid people, stupid things (like drugs) you should be fine.

Howard County has about 6 homicides a year. Thats about 1/20th what Bodymorge has.

ETA: If you place backs up to a trail, its at extra risk, so lock up tight and lock up valuables and guns when you are not home. The good news, they look for places when you are not home (unless you forgot to pay your heroin bill). So get renters insurance for theft etc.

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The trails are like bad guy superhighways to the pawn shop.


Had a friend make the same mistake you just did and lived in an apt complex off Tamar Dr for a year. Had his place broken into twice and came out one morning and his Honda Accord was up on CMU blocks, all four wheels snatched.
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Old May 6th, 2019, 08:32 PM #12
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You'll find that negative news about Columbia is hard to come by, which does not mean that nothing bad happens here. The really big things can't be ignored, but one source that covers local news on a daily basis is Patch.com. If you go to their web site and enter your Zip Code and e-mail address they will push local news to you.
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Old May 6th, 2019, 09:59 PM #13
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check out patch.com, and go to columbia for crime news, they catalog most police action. the trend seems to be, cars being broken into by the same few people, being held up by teens in a parking lot or path from 6pm-2am, houses being broken into (but reports indicate a large time frame of when the crime occured, meaning the homeowner was gone for a few days and the thief somehow knew). Most armed home invasions are drug related, and a good amount of reported robberies are drug related or the suspect is known to the victim. My best advice, is that teenagers who want to be bad and rob homes but not actually get caught or hurt anyone are aware that people with careers usually go out on friday nights, and unfortunately alot of people do not secure their deck patio doors. They will just go to a neighborhood with a bunch of condos and go to the back and see which units have their lights off, then just walk up and see if the sliding door is locked. I know this because I was told this back in high school by some kid in my class who claimed to do this a few times (but this was over a decade ago). Just dont walk around late at night by yourself or even with another person, and always lock your doors and make your house harder to break into than your neighbors. my next door neighbor actually had an attempted break in at 10 am on a weekday, some crackhead threw a brick into the front door glass panel but the homeowner was home. I caught the guy on my security camera, and lets just say I was not surprised who it was. And a few years back my area was being canvassed by teens on bicycles. they were trying to locate a house with little activity to rob. just be aware of suspect cars, people, activity and you should be good.
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Don't leave ANYTHING of value in your car and keep it locked.
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Watched this recent PBS TV documentary about the creation and design of Columbia.

Fascinating to watch uber-liberal Rouse planners obsessing over the smallest detail in designing their HoCo human ant farm.

Just under one hour running time:

https://video.mpt.tv/video/columbias-promise-mifikc/
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Try to meet the Neighborhood Community Resource Officer for Long Reach. Ask him for information and tips.

https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Depar...unity-Outreach and click on the NCRO section. You'll see The Long Reach officer's name, email address, office number, and office address. Reach out. That's what they are there for.

I grew up in Columbia. It started to get bad about 20-25 years ago. As others have said, "bad" is relative. You have the occasional shooting but unless you're in the game you aren't typically a target. In most of Columbia, property crime is the most prevalent. We had the door kicked in while not home, vehicles broken into, etc. Not ideal but far from what you have to deal with in Cambridge, Baltimore, or Annapolis.
Start looking around for where you want to go next. I love HoCo and there are LOTS of areas of the county where you can be safe. If you can get a few minutes of the NCRO's time, I'm sure he'd give you some ideas on other neighborhoods and apartment complexes to live. Typically the more you pay the nicer the neighborhood!
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