TACOP is increasing patrols of Towson streets on “Mischief Night,” Sunday, October 30, to deter Halloween pranksters and troublemakers on the eve of Halloween. Working in partnership with the Baltimore County Police, COP Mischief Prevention Patrols will be out in force that evening to discourage mischievous acts like egg throwing and wrapping trees and porches with rolls of toilet paper in downtown Towson and its 25 surrounding neighborhoods.
For 16 years, TACOP’s (Towson Area Citizens on Patrol) volunteer car patrols, walkers, joggers, bikers and dog walkers have established a visible presence in Towson on Mischief Night and serve as a major deterrent to pranks and delinquent activity. While most pranks are not crimes, tossing raw eggs at cars damages the car’s paint if it is not washed off immediately and raw egg fights leave a mess which residents and businesses have to clean up. Since the inception of TACOP’s Mischief Night patrols, the number of incidents has declined.
TACOP’s Mischief Night, which is open to the public, starts at 6 PM on October 30 at the Baltimore County Police Hillendale Resource Center located at 1055 Taylor Avenue. Attendees are asked to bring hats, gloves, scarves and peanut butter packaged in anything but glass jars to donate to the Shelters and Family Crisis Center. After the COP volunteers network, compare notes on their neighborhood patrols and enjoy light refreshments, the Mischief Prevention patrol schedule will be finalized.
Most COP volunteer drivers will have magnetized signs on their cars identifying them as COP patrollers and a blinking light on the car’s roof, although others will be unmarked as they patrol. Patrollers carry their cell phones and call 911 if they see suspect activity.
TACOP is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2000 to help Towson Area neighborhoods start COP programs and is solely supported by donations.