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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 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.

Crime Trends as of April 20

  • Since April 9, there have been two robberies of students on the campus of CCBC-Catonsville. Cases occurred on a Friday and a Saturday during afternoon hours. Property taken included money, keys, a leather wallet, a cell phone and a license.
  • Since April 1, there have been three robberies of elderly victims within the Pikesville Precinct. There has been no new activity since April 9.
  • Since March 28, there have been five motor vehicle thefts within the Inverness community in the North Point Precinct. Cases occurred during overnight and morning hours. In one case, the vehicle was taken while running. In one case, there was a popped ignition. In another case, a shaven down key, which was not from the manufacturer, was used.
  • Since March 23, there have been four apartment burglaries along Cranbrook Road in the Cockeysville Precinct. Cases occurred on various days and times. In most cases, doors or windows were forced to gain access to apartments. Computers, a digital camera, TVs, a DVD player, clothing, a microwave and a watch were taken.
  • Since March 13, there have been four motor vehicle thefts near the communities of Loch Raven Village and Ridgeleigh in the Towson Precinct. There has been no new activity since April 8.
  • Since February 26, there have been 12 motor vehicle thefts in the West Hills, West Edmondale, and Catonsville Manor communities in the Woodlawn Precinct. Cases occurred between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. Eleven of the twelve vehicles were taken while running.
  • Since January 11, there have been seven motor vehicle thefts from YMCAs in the Wilkens, Towson, Parkville and White March precincts. Cases occurred mostly between noon and 7:30 p.m. Keys were left inside unsecured lockers in all cases.

Crime Trends as of April 13

  • Since April 1, there have been three robberies of elderly victims within the Pikesville Precinct. Cases occurred on Friday and Saturday afternoons between 2 and 3:30 p.m. In the first case, the suspect approached the victims, implied weapons, demanded car keys and used force to take a purse from the victim. In the second and third cases, the suspect entered the elderly victim’s apartment and demanded money. In one case the suspect implied a weapon and threatened the victim, and in the other case the suspect assaulted the victim.
  • On March 31, there were two convenience store robberies believed to have been committed by the same suspects. There has been no new activity since March 31.
  • Since March 17, there have been three street robberies along Gwynndale Avenue in the Woodlawn Precinct. There has been no new activity since April 1.
  • Since March 13, there have been four motor vehicle thefts near the communities of Loch Raven Village and Ridgeleigh in the Towson Precinct. Cases occurred during late night and morning hours. In one case, keys were left in the vehicle glove compartment. In one case, the ignition was damaged. Two cars were taken by unknown means, but transponder keys were needed in both of them.
  • Since February 26, there have been 11 motor vehicle thefts in the West Hills, West Edmondale and Catonsville Manor communities in the Woodlawn Precinct. Cases occurred between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. Ten of the 11 vehicles were taken while running.
  • Since January 5, there have been nine commercial robberies countywide, believed to have been committed by the same suspects. There has been no new activity since April 1.
  • Since January 3, there have been 12 commercial burglaries countywide. Most cases occurred inside the beltway. All cases but one occurred between 3 and 6 a.m. The suspects pried doors or smashed glass doors, pried open cash registers and took money. Narcotics, cigarettes, jewelry, cell phones, TVs, computers, sunglasses, eyeglass frames and coats were also taken.

Crime Trends as of April 6

  • Since April 1, there have been two robberies of elderly victims within the Pikesville Precinct. Cases occurred on a Friday and Saturday afternoon. In the first case, the suspect approached the victims, implied weapons, demanded car keys and used force to take a purse from the victim. In the second case, the suspect followed the victim into his apartment, implied a weapon and took money.
  • On March 31, there were two convenience store robberies believed to have been committed by the same suspects. Cases occurred during early morning hours. In both cases, the suspects displayed a weapon and demanded money.
  • Since March 21, there have been four single home burglaries in Pikesville within the Pikesville Precinct. There has been no new activity since March 28.
  • Since March 17, there have been three street robberies along Gwynndale Avenue in the Woodlawn Precinct. In two cases, the victims were walking in the area when the suspects approached, displayed weapons and took property. In the last case, the victim was delivering food when the suspects approached, displayed weapons and took money and the victim’s cell phone.
  • Since February 26, there have been 10 motor vehicle thefts in the West Hills, West Edmondale, and Catonsville Manor communities in the Woodlawn Precinct. Cases occurred between the hours of 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. Nine of the ten vehicles were taken while running.
  • Since January 5, there have been nine commercial robberies countywide believed to have been committed by the same suspects. Cases occurred on various days of the week and during evening and early morning hours. The suspects took money in most cases. Money and cigarettes were taken in some cases. In one case, the suspects robbed the employee of personal property.
  • Since January 3, there have been 11 commercial burglaries countywide. All cases occurred inside the beltway. All cases but one occurred between 3 and 6 a.m. The suspects pried doors or smashed glass doors, pried open cash registers and took money. Narcotics, cigarettes, jewelry, cell phones, TVs, computers and coats were also taken.

Crime Trends as of March 30

  • Since March 21, there have been four single home burglaries in Pikesville within the Pikesville Precinct. Cases occurred on Mondays and Fridays, between 6 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. In the first case, entry was gained by pushing the window air conditioner unit out. An unlocked door was entered in the second case. In the last two cases, entry was gained by breaking door glass. Electronic items, coins, jewelry and prescription medications were taken from three of the residences. Nothing was taken from the first location.
  • Since March 17, there have been two street robberies along Gwynndale Avenue in the Woodlawn Precinct. The victims were walking in the area when the suspects approached, displayed weapons and took property.
  • Since February 26, there have been eight motor vehicle thefts in the West Hills, West Edmondale and Catonsville Manor communities in the Woodlawn Precinct. Seven of the eight vehicles were taken while running. There has been no new activity since March 19.
  • Since January 3, there have been fifteen commercial burglaries countywide with similar motive. Eight cases occurred between 3:20 and 6 a.m. Seven cases occurred between 7 and 12:20 p.m. The suspects pried doors or smashed glass doors, pried open cash registers and took money. Narcotics, cigarettes, jewelry, cell phones, TVs, computers and coats were also taken.
 

Revised April 27, 2016        

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