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Current Crime Trends

The Baltimore County Police Department provides regular reports to the public about current crime trends.

This is preliminary information developed by detectives based on geographical location, similarities between crimes and suspect descriptions. Identification of a crime trend does not mean that the crimes necessarily are related or have been committed by the same suspect.

For more detailed information, contact your local precinct. If you live in an area where a crime trend has been identified and are concerned about safety and precautions, see our crime prevention section.

Visit our precinct news pages for a weekly listing of significant crimes and other local police news.

Crime Trends as of April 16

  • Since April 7, there have been five cell phone robberies and thefts or attempts within the Towson Precinct. Cases occurred throughout the week and mostly between 9 p.m. and midnight. Victims were talking, tweeting, or entering phone numbers while walking along the street. The suspects approached from behind and used force to take the phones. In one case two phones were grabbed from the victims’ hands by suspects running past them. In one case the victim was waiting for a bus when the suspects used force to remove a cell phone from her pocket.
  • Since April 4, there have been six residential burglaries targeting apartments in the Riderwood Hills community in the Towson Precinct. Cases occurred between 3:45 p.m. and 3 a.m. The last two attempts occurred between 10:30 p.m. and 1:35 a.m. Unlocked rear sliding glass doors were entered in three cases. Rear window glass was broken in two cases. Items taken include jewelry, purses, money, prescription medication, credit cards, dietary supplements and photos.
  • Since March 12, there have been five residential burglaries targeting townhomes in the Wilkens Precinct. Three cases occurred between 2:30 and 10 a.m. and two other cases occurred between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Entry was gained via rear windows or doors in all cases and by cutting window screen, breaking window glass or through an unlocked door. Computers, TVs and an iPhone 5 were taken.

Crime Trends as of April 9

  • Since April 4, there have been three residential burglaries targeting apartments in the Riderwood Hills community in the Towson Precinct. Cases occurred between 3:45 p.m. and 1 a.m. Unlocked doors were entered in two cases. Rear window glass was broken in one case. Items taken include jewelry, a purse, money, prescription medication, credit cards, dietary supplements and photos.
  • Since March 27, there have been four street robberies in the St. Helena, Dundalk, and Turners Station communities in the North Point Precinct. Cases occurred on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 and 10:40 p.m. In the first case, the suspects displayed a weapon and robbed a pizza delivery driver after calling in a fake address for delivery. In the second case, the victim was sitting in his vehicle when the suspect approached, assaulted the victim and took money. In the third case, the victim was walking home when the suspect approached, demanded property and displayed a weapon. The victim fled with no property taken. In the fourth case, the suspects assaulted the victim and attempted to take property. The suspects fled with no property.
  • Since March 24, there have been three bank robberies in Baltimore County believed to have been committed by the same suspect. Cases occurred in the Wilkens and Woodlawn precincts. Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County and Howard County have experienced similar activity. Cases occurred on various hours and days. The suspect displayed a note demanding money and no dye packs.
  • Since March 21, there have been five residential burglaries along the Seven Courts corridor within the Parkville Precinct. Four cases occurred between 6 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. One case occurred over a multiple day time period. Rear doors were forced in all cases. Items taken include jewelry, perfume, a coin jar and a computer.
  • Since March 12, there have been four residential burglaries targeting townhomes in the Wilkens Precinct. Two cases occurred between 2:30 and 7:30 a.m. and two other cases occurred between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Entry was gained via rear windows or doors in all cases and by cutting window screen, breaking window glass or through an unlocked door. Computers, TVs and an iPhone 5 were taken.
  • Since February 20, there have been 10 motor vehicle thefts of running vehicles on the north side of Route 40 West in the Wilkens and Woodlawn precincts. There has been no new activity since March 31.

Crime Trends as of April 2

  • Since March 21, there have been four residential burglaries along the Seven Courts corridor within the Parkville Precinct. Cases occurred between 6 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. Rear doors were forced in all cases. Items taken include jewelry, perfume, a coin jar and a computer.
  • Since March 6, there have been four motor vehicle thefts of trucks, vans and SUVs in the Fox Ridge community in the Essex Precinct. Three of the vehicles were Fords. There has been no new activity since March 23.
  • Since February 20, there have been 10 motor vehicle thefts of running vehicles on the north side of Route 40 West in the Wilkens and Woodlawn precincts. Cases occurred in residential and commercial areas. Most incidents occurred between the hours of 1:45 and 8 p.m. One vehicle was recovered with the ignition found to be pulled. One car contained an iPad, iPhone, iPod and credit/debit cards.
  • Since February 11, there have been seven residential burglaries in the Walden Circle and Westview Park communities in the Woodlawn Precinct. There has been no new activity since March 24.
  • Since January 15, there have been three bank robberies committed by the same suspect in the Wilkens and Woodlawn precincts. There has been no new activity since March 14.

Crime Trends as of March 26

  • Since March 7, there have been three street robberies on and around York Road near the Baltimore County/Baltimore City line in the Towson Precinct. There has been no new activity since March 13.
  • Since March 6, there have been four motor vehicle thefts of trucks, vans and suv's in the Fox Ridge Community in the Essex Precinct. Three of the vehicles were Fords. All incidents occurred in front of apartments or townhomes. Three incidents occurred during overnight hours. One case occurred over a multiple day time frame. Three of the vehicles were stolen by unknown means. The other was most likely stolen using a misplaced key.
  • Since February 26, there have been five residential burglaries in the Powhatan Hill and Kelox West communities in the Woodlawn Precinct. There has been no new activity since March 14.
  • Since February 20, there have been eight motor vehicle thefts of running vehicles on the westbound side of Route 40 in the Wilkens and Woodlawn precincts. Cases occurred in residential and commercial areas. Most incidents occurred between the hours of 1:45 and 8 p.m. One vehicle was recovered with the ignition found to be pulled. One car contained an iPad, iPhone, iPod and credit/debit cards.
  • Since February 11, there have been seven residential burglaries in the Walden Circle and Westview Park communities in the Woodlawn Precinct. Most cases occurred on Tuesdays between 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Entry was by breaking window or door glass or using physical force. In one case a black male wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and blue jeans was seen jumping out of a second story window. A computer, jewelry, money, and an Xbox were taken.
  • Since January 15, there have been three bank robberies committed by the same suspect in the Wilkens and Woodlawn precincts. There has been no new activity since March 14.
  • Since September 5, there have been nine residential burglaries within the Owings Mills New Town community in the Franklin Precinct. There has been no new activity since March 14.

Revised April 16, 2014

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