Maryland Blogger: Summertime Burglaries

Summertime Burglaries

Summertime Burglaries


This notice was provided by Kim Jones at the Montgomery County, Maryland Police Department.

Lots of residents travel during the summer months. Burglaries occur every day in Montgomery County, a lot of the time it is when homeowners are away.  We want to solve them.  We also want to disrupt them. Here are some things you can do in your community to help all of us:

- Let your neighbor know you will be away so they can recognize suspicious activity around your house

- Keep the AC cycling. As an investigator I interrogated several burglars who would simply look for houses with no AC running on 90 degree days

- Put your house interior lights on a timer

- Put a radio or TV on a timer in your house so that it produces sounds at various times

- Put motion sensors on your exterior lights

- Halt your mail and newspapers while you are away

- Keep a car(s) in your driveway

- If you see something suspicious, call MCP 301-279-8000, get a description, get a vehicle tag number. Little tips lead to big arrests.

These are some simple things you can do. If you want to read some more, here is a link to further information on Home Advisor- 

(MCP is not endorsing HomeAdvisor in anyway, just an information source for you)

I hope you are looking forward to a great summer!



Tulip, George Washington's River Farm

Photograph by Roy Kelley

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Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

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6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

Send an email message if you need my phone numbers. I will be happy to recommend a real estate professional if you are moving to the area.

Comment balloon 18 commentsRoy Kelley • June 15 2018 05:57PM


Thank you for passing on this helpful information for safety.


Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) 8 months ago

That streak of light you saw crossing the street were very excited students heading home - today is the last day of school. Please be careful as more children will be out and about during the summer months.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Although we are in the country we as neighors keep watch on each other

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 8 months ago

Great tips, Roy. And if people would stop blabbing about their movements on social media, it would help alot. Great tulip... loved it.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 8 months ago

Great tips and advice Roy. We all have to be vigilant 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 8 months ago

I agree with what Nina Hollander said...quit talking about where you're going and where you are on social media!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 8 months ago

Great tips and reminders Roy Kelley to help keep homes burglar free while you are away!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) 8 months ago

Thank you for sharing these great tips. I will share these with others 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 8 months ago

Thanks, Roy.  These are great tips for anyone that will be leaving their homes unoccupied while vacationing.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 8 months ago

Those are great tips, Roy.  I also suggest those who use social media, not announce vacations, or other times they will be away on those platforms.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 8 months ago

Hello Roy, all good suggestions when thinking of going on vacation.  I remembr in my young days I would hav a houe sitter, much eacher plus take care of the dogs and the fish.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 8 months ago

These are good tips for staying burglary-free.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, 8 months ago

Much tooo easy to live the windows open...and screen door unlocked...and the consequences disasterous !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 8 months ago

Good morning Roy. A sad truth but this is a great and specific post that would help to offset the burglaries. Gorgeous photo and flower.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 8 months ago

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

An info graphic for heat safety

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

The AC tip is a new one for me - not one I've heard before but makes a lot of sense.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) 7 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago