Sunday, June 12, 2016

Misc Sunday

As I enter this post in the background I can hear the news on TV and the death toll in the Gay nightclub in Orlando keeps climbing.   I see a gay lives matter movement coming up. and not a damn one apparently had a concealed weapon on them to fight back.

The Ocean City Police are their summer mode.  The holding tanks are full every night now.  lots of High School grads over in OC celebrating.  A little trivia, generally you can tell a seasonal Ocean City policeman from a "regular" Ocean City policeman by the gun they carry.  Seasonal police are issued revolvers and full time police are issued automatics.

I hear more and more about people I know in the area having their home broken in.  Most are outside of Delmar, but you know the trouble I have had just living in Delmar with crime.

over the years since I have lived in Delmar I have had my vehicle windshield smashed about three times, the car tags have been stolen also about three times, tag stickers stolen, all the vehicles have been rummaged thru and items stolen, porch furniture stolen, hanging flower baskets stolen, bicycles stolen, the outside unit of my heat pump was tampered with breaking a fan, I guess they were trying to steal copper or Freon. and various items in the yard were stolen.  Interestingly rarely was a tool, to do work with, stolen.  Naturally with the exception of the broken windshield none of those items were covered by insurance so I had pay out of pocket to replace them
above from Feb 13th 2016 post

I went to the crime comparison site:

and compared Delmar DE to Baltimore MD

It is good to know that Baltimore has more violent crime, at the moment, but Delmar has more property crime than Baltimore.

With the home break-ins think about some of the things you can do to prevent them and if it happens how can you make things go better for you. 

First,  everyone should have an inventory of the items outside and inside so if they are stolen you can report them.  If you can take a hundred selfies of yourself a day take the time to take a picture of everything in the house and outside including manufacturing tag with the serial number.  Remember the art work on the walls and clothing.  At the very least just walk thru the house and yard with a video camera.  Keep a copy on disk or flash drive etc.  Put one copy off premises and hide the other copy.  Don't keep it on your computer as the computer will probably be stolen. 

There are several templates out there to use in creating your inventory, here are a couple sites to look at;

Second; things to lower the chance of a break-in;

Lighting - keep a good security light outside and at night keep a light on inside
Odds are you won't be home when the break-in occurs
but if you are, If you keep your car keys near you, in the event of  a break-in or attempt you can press the panic button on the key and the noise may run them off.
noise and alarms may stop them if you are home, air horns from the dollar store, simple bells hanging from the door, stuff that will fall over and create a noise in front of the windows.
Firearms should only be used as a last resort, don't care about the criminal but think of the destruction to your home if you fire a shotgun off in it, drywall damage, appliances TV etc damage plus you will probably be deaf for a day or so from the noise.

The Delmar police should be putting out something to help us, but they aren't

and use your intelligence don't facebook you are on a vacation trip and let every criminal you are friends with know it, (and we know you are friends with some trash) wait until you are back to talk about the vacation.  If your driveway will be empty because you are using the only vehicle for your trip maybe ask a friend to park their second or third car in your drive way to look like someone is there.

Like Mayor Jimmy  Smith use to say back some years ago; "It's summer and the animals are out at night keep your eyes open."

Tomorrow night the Delmar Maryland Mayor and commissioners meet

Laurel just does not have honest people and it spreads to even those who just work there
and can you believe two months in jail!!!!!


Laurel-based businessman sentenced for skimming payroll taxes
By Mark Fowser

A Delmar, Maryland man is sentenced to two months in prison and is ordered to make full restitution in what Delaware federal prosecutors say was a scheme to skim payroll taxes.

53-year-old Keith Clarke, operator of a Laurel-based plumbing and air conditioning business, pleaded guilty in December and was sentenced this week according to Delaware US Attorney Charles Oberly.

Court filings and statements at the plea hearing indicated that during a two-year period ending in late 2011, Clarke withheld at least $131,400 in payroll taxes but did not pay those funds over to the Internal Revenue Service.

Also, prosecutors said Clarke withheld retirement plan contributions from his employees' paychecks, and it's alleged that he spent nearly $160,000 in company funds on vacations, golf excursions, dining out, and on personal retail purchases and groceries.

“Business owners looking to enrich themselves at the expense of their employees by not remitting payroll taxes will be held accountable. The programs funded by employment taxes are essential to the American workforce and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation has placed a high priority on employment tax compliance.” said Special Agent in Charge, Akeia Conner.
“Although the Government sought a sentence of 16 months incarceration, the imposition of a prison term of two months, coupled with restitution and the impact of a felony conviction, will hopefully serve as a deterrent to others who ignore their obligations to properly account for payroll taxes and retirement plan contributions, so as to support a more lavish lifestyle," Oberly said. "My office is committed to prosecuting those who want to cheat the IRS and those who fail to fulfil their tax obligations.”

1956 Seaford DE High School Hockey team

A husband and wife who work for the circus go to an adoption agency.
Social workers there raise doubts about their suitability.

The couple produces photos of their 50-foot motor home, which is clean
and well maintained and equipped with a beautiful nursery.

The social workers raise concerns about the education a child would
receive while in the couple's care.

"We've arranged for a full-time tutor who will teach the child all the
usual subjects along with French, Mandarin, and computer skills."

Then the social workers express concern about a child being raised in
a circus environment.

"Our nanny is a certified expert in pediatric care, welfare, and diet."

The social workers are finally satisfied.  They ask, "What age child
are you hoping to adopt?"

"It doesn't really matter, as long as the kid fits in the cannon."

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