On Dec. 21, Baltimore’s First Annual Community Safety Expo drew over 25 vendors and hundreds of residents under one roof at Bnos Yisroel on Park Heights Ave. Due to the surge in violent crime in northwest Baltimore neighborhoods, many residents were eager to learn about new safety and security techniques and technologies.
The event was sponsored by The Chesed Fund and Project Ezra, and director Frank Storch welcomed the crowd and thanked the various people involved; these included many local food establishments who provided free refreshments.
Storch noted the community’s appreciation for the efforts of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Fifth District Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer to increase police presence in the neighborhood. He also stressed the need for residents to always report crimes to police and Baltimore Shomrim Safety Patrol, so they can maximize use of their resources and more effectively fight crime as a result.
The Expo, which was spearheaded by local businessmen Shmuel Frankel and Don Brody, exhibited a wide range of vendors including a variety of home security companies, car safety equipment dealers, and even landscapers to provide strategic home landscaping solutions. Important local organizations such as Shomrim, Chaverim, and Northwest Citizens Patrol (NWCP) were on hand as well. The Chesed Fund & Project Ezra also distributed the new and comprehensive guide “Crime Prevention & Response Tips.” (For a free download, visit chesedfund.com.)
Schleifer also spoke at the event, updating community members on how the crime surge was being addressed.
“We strategically deployed specialized marked and unmarked police units who worked with multiple other community groups,” said Schleifer. “This combined effort directly led to the arrest of two key perpetrators of the recent crimes. They are currently in jail awaiting trial.”
Other interesting Expo events included BK Blankchtein of Masada Tactical, demonstrating some critical self-defense techniques to assist in protecting oneself in the event of an assault, and a discussion with criminal defense attorney Moshe (Martin) Cohen of Cohen Harris, LLC.
By Briana Naiman
Briana Naiman is a freelance writer based in Silver Spring, Maryland.