Community meeting

Crime rate and addition of security cameras discussed at Silver Spring community meeting

Safe Silver Spring held its quarterly meeting Wednesday with representatives from the Montgomery County Police Department, Third District Commander David McBain, Lt. Sunyoung Kim, Lt. Tenesha Jensen and Lt. Kevin Parker.

Safe Silver Spring was founded approximately 10 years ago by Silver Spring residents Tony Hausner and the late Woody Brosnan. They describe themselves as an “all-volunteer group focused on the well-being of our community” whose goal is “to help it remain a community that is a safe place to live, work and play”.

During the hour-long virtual meeting, Commander McBain of District 3 of the Montgomery County Police Department shared the number of robberies, homicides and crimes and said he was “pleased to have a drop in some crimes, but unfortunately burglary is up 29% so far this year compared to the same period in 2021 and car thefts are up 90%.”

Additionally, Officer McBain said residents would see fixed cameras, systems that are in downtown Silver Spring at key locations. “We are going to start deploying these cameras. You will see them, they will be red and blue lights, they will be very visible and we will put them again in areas where we want to show a presence”.

Some residents had the opportunity to ask questions of the members of the MCPD. You can watch the entire meeting here: