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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 July 23

  • Since July 18, there have been four commercial robberies committed by the same two suspects within the White Marsh, Essex and North Point precincts along Philadelphia, Back River Neck, and Sparrows Point roads. Cases occurred during the weekend between 2:50 and 4 a.m. A weapon was used in all four cases, and money was taken from the registers. Cigarettes or scratch-off lottery tickets were also taken. Harford County has experienced similar activity.
  • Since July 7, there have been six residential burglaries in the Hereford zone within the Cockeysville Precinct. Three cases occurred between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. Two cases occurred between 10 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. and one occurred on Monday at 4 p.m. Entry was with force in two cases and by unknown means in one case. No force was used in two cases. Money, a TV, a PS3, a digital camera, video games, an Xbox 360, a box of checks, inactive credit cards, a commemorative baseball bat, a commemorative football, computer cables, medication and jewelry were taken.
  • Since July 1, there have been three thefts of cars and an SUV in the Harford Hills and Harford Farms area near Carney in the Parkville Precinct. There has been no new activity since July 13.
  • Since June 26, there have been four commercial burglaries targeting retail and small businesses in the White Marsh Precinct along the Philadelphia Road corridor. Cases occurred between 11 p.m. and 3:15 a.m. Suspects broke glass and pried open windows in three cases and attempted to go through the drywall of an adjacent business in one case. Registers were smashed and money was taken.
  • Since June 25, there have been six residential burglaries in the Pikesville community within the Pikesville Precinct. Cases occurred at various times. One case occurred over a six-day period. Entry was with force in four cases. Jewelry, iPods, iPads, checks, safe deposit keys, cameras, a Honda key and money were taken. In the last case, suspects cut and disabled alarm and phone lines and turned off the power breaker in the basement. They also ransacked every room in the house. It is unknown what was taken since the victims were on vacation.
  • Since June 25, there have been four residential burglaries in the Academy Heights community within the Woodlawn Precinct. There has been no new activity since July 13.
  • Since June 24, there have been four residential burglaries in the Tollgate community within the Franklin Precinct. There has been no new activity since July 11.
  • Since May 22, there have been three grocery store robberies countywide, two along Liberty Road within the Woodlawn Precinct and one in the Parkville Precinct. There has been no new activity since July 11.

Crime Trends as of July 16

  • Since July 7, there have been four residential burglaries in the Hereford zone within the Cockeysville Precinct. Two cases occurred between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. One case occurred on a Saturday between noon and 10:30 p.m. and one occurred on Monday at 4 p.m. Entry was with force in two cases and by unknown means in one case. In the other case, suspects used a ladder to reach a second level window which was left unlocked. Money, a TV, PS3, video games and jewelry were taken.
  • Since July 2, there have been three vehicle thefts in the Hawthorne and Ballard Gardens communities in the Essex Precinct. There has been no new activity since July 5.
  • Since July 1, there have been three thefts of cars and one theft of an SUV in the Harford Hills and Harford Farms area near Carney in the Parkville Precinct. All keys were accounted for in the car thefts. A valet key was used to steal the SUV. Incidents occurred during late night or early morning hours in residential areas. One occurred in an apartment complex across from the North Plaza Shopping Center.
  • Since June 26, there have been three commercial burglaries targeting retail and small businesses in the White Marsh Precinct along the Philadelphia Road corridor. There has been no new activity since July 6.
  • Since June 25, there have been four residential burglaries in the Academy Heights community within the Woodlawn Precinct. Cases occurred on Wednesdays, Thursday and Friday. Two cases occurred between 6 and 10:15 p.m. and two between 8:30 a.m. and 5:29 p.m. Entry was made by breaking door glass or forcing open doors or windows. In most cases, entry was made through a rear door or window. Jewelry, money, computers, a Canon camera, an iPod, an Xbox game system, a PS4 game system and games were taken.
  • Since June 25, there have been four residential burglaries within the Pikesville Precinct. Two cases occurred between 6 and 10:20 p.m., one occurred between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. One case occurred over a six-day period. Entry was with force in three cases. Jewelry, iPods, iPads, checks, keys and money were taken.
  • Since June 24, there have been four residential burglaries in the Tollgate community within the Franklin Precinct. Two cases occurred on a Monday and a Tuesday between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., one on a Monday between 3 and 10:30 p.m., and the last on a Friday between 5 and 8:45 p.m. Entry was made by prying and breaking glass. Money, a TV, a PS3 with the boxes, a laptop, a gold watch, a silver watch, and a necklace were taken.
  • Since June 15, there have been four commercial robberies in the Towson Precinct involving similar suspect description. There has been no new activity since July 7.
  • Since June 13, there have been five commercial burglaries targeting car repair and sales locations in the North Point Precinct along the North Point Boulevard corridor. There has been no new activity since July 3.
  • Since June 11, there have been six vehicle thefts in the New Town area of Owings Mills in the Franklin Precinct. There has been no new activity since July 4.
  • Since May 22, there have been three grocery store robberies countywide, two along Liberty Road within the Woodlawn Precinct and one along Walther Boulevard in the Parkville Precinct. Two cases occurred on Thursday mornings and one on Friday morning between 6:45 and 8:30 a.m. In all three cases, the suspect displayed a weapon and demanded money. In one case, the suspect left the location on a bicycle.

Crime Trends as of July 9

  • Since July 2, there have been three vehicle thefts in the Hawthorne and Ballard Gardens communities in the Essex Precinct. In two cases, the vehicle was taken by unknown means. In one case the victim had keys taken from their other vehicle, which was ransacked. In another case, the victim’s husband’s vehicle was broken into in the same time frame, but all keys were accounted for. Incidents occurred overnight in residential areas.
  • Since June 26, there have been three commercial burglaries targeting retail and small businesses in the White Marsh Precinct along the Philadelphia Road corridor. Cases occurred between 11 p.m. and 3:15 a.m. Suspects broke window glass in two cases and attempted to go through the drywall of an adjacent business in one case. Registers were smashed and money was taken.
  • Since June 24, there have been three residential burglaries in the Tollgate community within the Franklin Precinct. There has been no new activity since June 30.
  • Since June 15, there have been four commercial robberies in the Towson Precinct involving similar suspect description. Cases occurred on various days between 1:09 and 5:00 a.m. In all four cases the suspects displayed weapons. In three cases they demanded money from the registers. In the fourth case, the victims’ cell phones were taken. One location was targeted twice.
  • Since June 13, there have been five commercial burglaries targeting car repair and sales locations in the North Point Precinct along the North Point Boulevard corridor. Cases occurred between 5 p.m. and 9:45 a.m. Bay door panels were forced in two cases. Front door glass was broken in two cases. A hole was drilled through a front door in one case. Money was taken.
  • Since June 11, there have been six vehicle thefts in the New Town area of Owings Mills in the Franklin Precinct. Vehicles were taken by unknown means in four cases. In one case, the ignition was tampered with and found with an object in the key slot. In one case, the vehicle was left running. Victims claimed doors were locked in all but one case. One vehicle was recovered with all four tires removed along with a rim from the trunk and an iPhone charger. Incidents occurred during late night or early morning hours. All incidents occurred in residential areas except one which occurred at the Owings Mills Mall.
  • Since May 13, there have been eighteen residential burglaries within the Baltimore Highlands community in the Wilkens Precinct. There has been no new activity since June 30.

Crime Trends as of July 2

  • Since June 28, there have been three vehicle thefts and two attempted thefts of Dodge and Chrysler vans in Oakland Park and Arbutus within the Wilkens and Woodlawn precincts. All keys were accounted for by the victims of the stolen cars. In three cases, the vehicle ignition was tampered with using a tool. Access was gained by prying windows or unlocking the door through a window. A Jeep was seen traveling the wrong way at high speed at the time a patrol car was arriving on the scene. All incidents occurred in residential areas at different times of day.
  • Since June 24, there have been three residential burglaries in the Tollgate community within the Franklin Precinct. Two cases occurred between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on a Monday and Tuesday. One case occurred on a Monday between 3 and 10:30 p.m. Entry was made by prying and breaking glass. A TV and PS3 with the boxes, a laptop, a gold watch, a silver watch and a necklace were taken.
  • Since June 19, there have been three burglaries in the Boxwood community within the Cockeysville Precinct. There has been no new activity since June 22.
  • Since June 15, there have been three commercial robberies in the Towson Precinct involving similar suspect description. Cases occurred on various days between 3 and 5 a.m. In all three cases, the suspects displayed weapons and demanded money from the registers. One location was targeted twice.
  • Since June 11, there have been four residential burglaries in Randallstown in the Woodlawn Precinct. Two cases occurred between 9 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Two cases occurred between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. In most cases, entry was made by breaking glass. In one case, the suspect kicked in a side door to gain entry. Money, game systems with a controller and games, a PS3 with controllers, an iPhone 4S, jewelry, a Canon camera with the case and tripod were taken.
  • Since June 6, there have been three commercial robberies along Philadelphia Road in the White Marsh Precinct that appeared to be committed by the same suspect. There has been no new activity since June 23.
  • Since May 22, there have been two supermarket robberies along Liberty Road within the Woodlawn Precinct. There has been no new activity since June 19.
  • Since May 13, there have been eighteen residential burglaries within the Baltimore Highlands community in the Wilkens Precinct. Most cases occurred on weekdays. Four cases occurred overnight between 5:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. and thirteen occurred between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. One case occurred between Thursday and Saturday between 6 a.m. and 7:22 p.m. Entry was made by breaking window glass, or by using physical force to open doors or windows, or, in one case, via the rear window with no force. Items taken include televisions, gaming systems, DVDs, jewelry, clothing, video games, computers, PS4, a cell phone and money. In one case, nothing was taken.

Revised July 28, 2014

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