IF YOU SEE OR HEAR SOMETHING THAT DOES NOT LOOK OR SOUND RIGHT, OR JUST SEEMS WRONG, please contact the police.
Let them decide if a crime or violation has occurred. They would rather be notified earlier and more often than not at all. You are not bothering them and your observations could be connected to something else going on that you are not aware of.
The Anne Arundel County Police Department has adamantly asked that residents report ALL unusual activity, even if you do not know if something is a crime or if it appears to be something where the police may not be able to find the culprit. They track the number and type of complaints received from the entire community in order to target problem areas. In the past there have been times where River Oaks has experienced a spike in criminal activity & the police stepped up their activity in the community in order to stem the tide.
On the other hand, the Anne Arundel County Police Department's Southern District is asking all residents to be mindful that unsubstantiated or anonymous emails sent among the community regarding suspected criminal activity may be inaccurate, embellished, or untrue. These emails can cause undue alarm, unnecessary fear, or hysteria among the community. Southern District developed their Community Alert system to provide residents with substantiated information that the Police Department believes is important for the community to be aware of. This will be your best source for obtaining factual information. As always, the police continue to ask residents to report suspicious activity to the Police Department, so that they can fully investigate these incidents. Dialing 911 is your best tool for this.
For crime alerts, see the link on the Police-Community Relations Council page.
Nearest Police Station: Southern District - 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater, MD - 410-222-1961
Crime or suspicious activity IN PROGRESS or an emergency, dial 9-1-1
Crime not in progress: use the AA County Online Crime Reporting Form for:
You cannot use the online Crime Reporting Form for:
If you are the victim of a crime:
1) Contact the police as soon as the crime is discovered.
2) Email VMI as to what happened & whether the police came took a report. That information will then be included in VMI's report to the BOD so that the Safety & Parking Committee can keep tabs on criminal activity community-wide.
Suspicious activity not in progress - use the Online Suspicious Activity reporting form. Please use this form to submit an official record of suspicious persons, activities or vehicles to the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Please describe all persons, vehicles and activities as accurately as you can. This information will be forwarded to the appropriate unit of the Anne Arundel County Police Department for action. If you want, you may leave your name, e-mail address or telephone number so that we can contact you for further information if necessary. Questions related to community policing, criminal investigations, or other police activity can be directed to:
Sergeant Bobby Crawford
Supervisor, Southern District Tactical Patrol / Narcotics Units
Main: (410) 222-1960; Fax 410-956-0091
You may also call the Police Station and request to speak with a supervisor (Sergeant or Lieutenant) to get immediate answers regarding emergency inquiries.