Heat Alert: Heat Emergency Has Been Declared This Weekend!

Montgomery County has issued a Heat Emergency Alert beginning 12 p.m Saturday, 6/22 through 8 p.m Sunday, 6/23, 2024. Residents should prepare for heat index values to reach 105 degrees during the afternoon hours. To beat the heat, head to one of the open City Facilities!

Important Notice: Ongoing Water Leak in the 7600 block of Maple Avenue - WSSC is Scheduledfor Repairs either Tues, July 2 or Wed, July 3 - The Repair Will Shut Off Water for a Portion of the Day.

WSSC is scheduling repairs so it can provide more notice to impacted residents and avoid doing the work when the forecast calls for very hot days next week. The repair work will be done at night to reduce impacts.

Library Renovations: Update: June 5, 2024 - Summer Construction Timetable

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Gas Station Theft from Auto Crime Prevention Tips

Because self-service gas pumps are used by most people today, carjackers have identified service stations as excellent locations to find plenty of victims.  Carjackers simply wait for the moment when they can most easily move into a vehicle and drive away.  Many drivers leave their keys in the ignition and their cars unlocked when they get out of their cars to use self-service gas pumps.  While the driver is putting gas in the tank, the carjacker can simply open the car door, get in the car and drive away.  This is especially dangerous if your children and/or pets are in the vehicle.

Sometimes, the carjacker will wait until the driver goes to the gas station’s cashier to pay for the gas.  While the driver is busy paying the cashier, the carjacker will drive off with the car.

Carefully consider where and when you buy gas.  Choose a safe, familiar area during daylight hours whenever possible.  In addition, make a practice of filling up your tank when it is half-empty, if possible.  Never let your gas supply get so low that you are forced to stop for fuel in an unsafe or unfamiliar area at a dangerous time.

In addition, sometimes it’s not a carjacker but a thief who chooses self-service gas pumps for his crimes.  Most people will leave their keys in the ignition and their purses and/or wallets, cell phones, etc. on the passenger seat of the vehicle.  With doors unlocked, it’s easy for a thief to open the door, take your belongings and flee.  It only takes seconds.

Some tips when you are at a gas station

Never leave your keys in the ignition.  Take them out of the vehicle and lock your car while you are pumping gas.

Do not leave your valuables in plain sight when you exit your vehicle.  Even with doors locked and no keys, the thief cannot resist your valuables.

 

 

Pay attention to your surroundings . Do not let your cell phone distract you. (As a side note, using your cell phone at a gas pump is very dangerous.  Cell phones and other electronic devices may have the potential to emit electrical charges, and should therefore be left in the vehicle during fueling).

If you are going to pay for your gas inside the cashier’s office, please do not leave your children in the vehicle, regardless if your doors are locked or not.  Take them with you.  It may seem like a hassle, but consider the alternative.

If you are using a credit card at the gas pump, always take your receipt or hit the “clear” or “no” button when it asks before leaving.  Otherwise, you leave your credit card information open for the next person.

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