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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 May 18

  • Since May 13, there have been two convenience store robberies. Cases occurred between midnight and 1 a.m. The suspects displayed a weapon, assaulted the victims and took money. Cigarettes and Cigarillos were taken in one case.
  • Since April 26, there have been three motor vehicle thefts in the Carroll Island Apartments in the Essex Precinct. There have been no new cases since May 6.
  • Since April 25, there have been four residential burglaries in the Van Dyke Manor community in the White Marsh Precinct. Cases occurred between 7 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Rear door window glass was broken in two cases. In one case, an air conditioning unit was pushed in. In one case, a front door was forced. Items taken include game systems, money and jewelry.
  • Since April 15, there have been five motor vehicle thefts in the Hawthorne community of the Essex Precinct. There have been no new cases since May 8.
  • Since April 14, there have been four burglaries targeting single homes in the Bonnie Ridge, Dumbarton and Greenspring East communities in the Pikesville Precinct. Cases occurred between 10:15 p.m. and 5:15 a.m. Front and rear doors were entered via unlocked doors. In two cases, purses or wallets containing credit cards, personal documents and key fobs were stolen. In one case, the suspect took the victim’s car from the driveway. In the last case, a wallet containing a bank check was taken.
  • Since March 21, there have been 12 single home burglaries in the Pikesville community of the Pikesville Precinct. There have been no new cases since May 9.
  • Since January 15, there have been six robberies of a convenience store on Baltimore National Pike in the Wilkens Precinct. Cases occurred primarily on weekends during afternoon and early evening hours. The suspect displayed a weapon and took money.

Crime Trends as of May 11

  • Since April 26, there have been three motor vehicle thefts in the Carroll Island Apartments in the Essex Precinct. Cases could have occurred at various times of day. Vehicles were taken by unknown means. Vehicle doors were locked in two cases.
  • Since April 15, there have been five motor vehicle thefts in the Hawthorne community of the Essex Precinct. Three cases occurred between April 29 and May 1. Three cases occurred between 11 p.m. and 9 a.m. One vehicle was taken when it was left running. One vehicle was taken with a FOB.
  • Since April 13, there have been 13 commercial burglaries in the Towson and Cockeysville precincts. All cases occurred between 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. In all cases front door and or window glass was broken. DVR or video cameras were moved or disabled in two cases. A light bulb over a counter was unscrewed in one case. In some cases, multiple incidents occurred on the same night in close proximity to each other. Money, a laptop, prepaid cards and a cellphone were taken.
  • Since April 1, there have been four robberies of elderly or older victims within the Pikesville Precinct. There has been no new activity since April 28.
  • Since March 21, there have been 12 single home burglaries in the Pikesville community of the Pikesville Precinct. Most cases occurred on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays between 6 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. In most cases, the door glass was broken or force was used to gain entry. Electronic items, money, purses and jewelry were taken.
  • Since January 15, there have been five robberies of a convenience store on Baltimore National Pike in the Wilkens Precinct. Cases occurred primarily on weekends during afternoon and early evening hours. The suspect displayed a weapon and took money.

Crime Trends as of May 4

  • Since April 15, there have been four motor vehicle thefts in the Hawthorne community of the Essex Precinct. Three cases occurred between April 29 and May 1. Three cases occurred between 11 p.m. and 9 a.m. One vehicle was taken when it was left running.
  • Since April 1, there have been four robberies of elderly or older victims within the Pikesville Precinct. Three cases occurred on Friday and Saturday afternoons between 2 and 3:30 p.m. One case occurred on a Thursday at 10 a.m.
  • Since March 29, there have been six motor vehicle thefts in the Wilkens Precinct on Route 40 near a Catonsville shopping center or near the Family Dollar store on Edmondson Avenue. There has been no new activity since April 24.
  • Since March 21, there have been 11 single home burglaries in the Pikesville community of the Pikesville Precinct. Cases occurred on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays between 6 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. In most cases, the door glass was broken or force was used to gain entry. Electronic items, money and jewelry were taken.
  • Since January 15, there have been four robberies of a convenience store on Baltimore National Pike in the Wilkens Precinct. Cases occurred primarily on weekends during afternoon and early evening hours. The suspect displayed a weapon and took money.

Crime Trends as of April 27

  • Since March 29, there have been six motor vehicle thefts in the Wilkens Precinct on Route 40 near a Catonsville shopping center or near the Family Dollar store on Edmondson Avenue. Two cases near Catonsville Plaza occurred between 4:20 and 4:40 p.m. The other cases occurred at various times. All vehicles were left running in a commercial parking lot or gas station when they were stolen.
  • Since March 28, there have been five motor vehicle thefts within the Inverness community in the North Point Precinct. There has been no new activity since April 16.
  • Since March 23, there have been four apartment burglaries along Cranbrook Road in the Cockeysville Precinct. There has been no new activity since April 15.
  • Since March 21, there have been eight single home burglaries in the Pikesville community of the Pikesville Precinct. Cases occurred between 6 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. In most cases, the door glass was broken or force was used to gain entry. Electronic items, money and jewelry were taken.
  • Since February 26, there have been 12 motor vehicle thefts in the West Hills, West Edmondale, and Catonsville Manor communities in the Woodlawn Precinct. There has been no new activity since April 14.
  • Since January 11, there have been seven motor vehicle thefts from YMCAs in the Wilkens, Towson, Parkville and White March precincts. There has been no new activity since April 15
 

Revised May 18, 2016        

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