(Sept. 6, 2019) Labor Day weekend marked the beginning of the end for Ocean City’s busiest season, and according to the Ocean City Police Department, it also marked another decrease in calls for service.
Police department spokeswoman Ashley Miller said that from Friday, Aug. 31, to Tuesday, Sept. 3, there was 1,580 calls for service—18 fewer than last year’s holiday weekend.
Calls of service were dominated by city ordinance violations, 216, which include smoking on the Boardwalk, alcohol citations and public consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Traffic stops were next, with 188 traffic-related calls, 11 of which were DUI arrests.
One hundred and twenty six people called during Labor Day weekend seeking police assistance, while 104 people changed their minds and chose to hang up on police.
There was an increase in arrests, however, with 64 arrests in comparison to last year’s 31.
Data about crime stats and calls for service for the season as a whole would not be available until later, Miller said.
The police department has quite a bit to live up to after it saw extremely promising numbers last season.
In 2018, OCPD reported an impressive 23 percent decrease in serious crime, with a 61 percent decrease in robberies and a 25 percent decrease in thefts.
Data specifically comparing seasonal calls for service were not available, but OCPD saw a general decrease in 2018 from 2017.
While the summer may be over, city officials reminded off-season beachgoers that the Ocean City Beach Patrol would be on duty daily, between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., until Sept. 22.
After that, the beach will be unguarded until next season, and the police and Beach Patrol strongly encouraged beach patrons to restrict beach or water-related activities during that time.
In addition, Miller suggested that seasonal residents sign up for the residential security check program, which is free of charge.
“If you have a second home in Ocean City that is currently unoccupied or (you are) planning to go on a vacation for a week or longer, please let us know and we will check on it up to five times per week while you’re away,” Miller said.
To sign up for the home security program, go to https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/police/programs/#tab-1446833897-1-40