The OCPD reminds citizens to continue to remain vigilant for suspicious activity, persons and suspicious circumstance. Please notify the police if any of these types of occurrences are detected. Also, citizens can take basic crime prevention steps to reduce their vulnerability to crime by remembering to secure doors and windows and to periodically re-check the security of all of these items. Make certain that exterior lighting is operational. Keep trees and shrubs trimmed from the front of eye level windows. Do not post your vacation or travel plans on social media web sites such as “Facebook”, “Twitter” or “MySpace”.
Citizens can also participate in one of 8 different active neighborhood watch groups located in Ocean City. These groups are located in the residential areas of the city and are as follows:
Caines Woods, Caine Keys 2, Bayshore Drive, The Boardwalk, Edgewater Avenue, Little Salisbury, Montego Bay and Sundowner Park. These neighborhood watch groups have been instrumental in reducing crime and keeping citizens informed of various public safety issues.
If you plan on leaving the area for any extended period of time, residents should take advantage of the OCPD “Residential Security Check Program”. This free program is available to all Ocean City residents whether you own or rent, live in condominium or single family home. By providing the OCPD with basic information regarding vacancy at your property, emergency contact information the OCPD will conduct checks of your property at random times each day to verify its security. To participate in this program simply call the OCPD Public Affairs Office at either: 410-723-6663 or 410-520-5395 or visit the OCPD website at: http://oceancitymd.gov/Police/securitycheck.html
The OCPD believes well informed citizens and a proactive community based approach is the best form of crime prevention.