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Some Federalsburg Residents Concerned About Safety, Police Chief Says Locals Safe From Recent Crimes

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 FEDERALSBURG, Md.- Early October, a bank robbery took place at the PNC bank in Federalsburg.   Just 11 days later, 25 year old Timothy Smith Jr. was shot and killed just outside of the downtown area, again in Federalsburg.  And just a few weeks ago, 23 year old Travon Farrow was shot and killed at his home on Morris Avenue in the small Caroline county town.

The recent up tick in violent crime has neighbors like Clara Barth worried about her safety.

"The only thing I'm really concerned about now is the crime coming in.  We've had the two murders and the bank robbery.  When you're elderly you're afraid to go out at night time, afraid of being attacked.  I know several of my girlfriends, we won't go out at nighttime," said Barth, adding that she loves living in Federalsburg.

But all her doors are now locked 24/7.  Barth believes not enough is being done to slow the crime on the streets.

"It's hard to curb all of them, but I just think if the police were more present. It's just like when you see a policeman on the side of the road, everyone slows down.  So I think if you see their presence, it would curb a lot of what's going on."

But police chief Donald Nagel says his officers are out every day on patrol.

"We try to concentrate most of our foot patrols in our problem areas.  Some of them being apartment complexes, some of them being the downtown area.  Wherever there is an influx of crime, we're going to be doing the foot patrols, versus through every neighborhood," said Nagel.

As for general safety, Nagel says he understands what has people concerned, but says the shootings were targeted attacks, not random, so citizens should not be afraid.

Barth also suggested that residents should be better informed if a crime happens in their neighborhood.  Nagel says they have used reverse 911 in the past, with negative feedback in a recent case when the calls went out early in the morning.  He says they are exploring other tools as well to do that same job, and also provide a way to give officers tips.

Nagel says the best step to preventing any potential crime is to call in any suspicious activity.

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