Precinct 1 – Wilkens
Captain Donna Benton
Lieutenant Nancy Storke
News from the Captain
Recently the Wilkens Precinct area has been experiencing a rise in vehicle thefts. Many of these thefts occur because the thieves find the vehicle’s keys inside the vehicle. Some of these vehicles are also left unlocked. A few simple steps can help protect your vehicle from being stolen:
- Always keep your vehicle locked.
- Never leave your vehicle running unattended.
- Never leave your vehicle’s keys in the vehicle, even if they are hidden.
Citizens are reminded of other crime prevention tips to stay safe while the weather is warmer.
Essential to the police department’s ability to keep communities safe is the assistance of the public. Criminals count on not being noticed or seen by people who do not report their suspicious activities. Help make your community an uncomfortable place for any criminal. Call 911 to be report suspicious activity that is in progress. Tips for non-emergency situations can also be submitted online via the department's iWatch Baltimore County tip form.
Citizens are also invited to attend and join the Wilkens Police Community Relations Organization (WPCRO). Starting in September, the meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Maiden Choice School located at 4901 Shelbourne Road in Arbutus, 21227. Join the precinct commanders at the meeting and discuss what's happening in your community.
Are you going out of town? Don't leave your home looking unoccupied. Complete a Vacant House Form and email it to the precinct's Community Outreach Team. Officers will then check on your location for any unusual activity while you are away. If something suspicious does happen at your home, law enforcement will be able to quickly reach you or a local emergency contact from the information provided on the form.
Blotter and Crime Trends
Between 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., an unknown suspect climbed over the secured fence, then pried open the front door. Once inside, the suspect took several items and moved items to the door. The suspect did not take anything and left.Sun, 07 Feb 2016 17:00:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/Precincts/Precinct1/February7SecondDegreeBurglary1400BlockofKnechtAvenue21227
The complainant told police that between 4 and 4:30 p.m., he was assaulted and robbed by three suspects.Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:00:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/Precincts/Precinct1/February4RobberyVirginiaAvenueandMcDowellLane21227
Sometime between 1 and 5:30 p.m., unknown suspect broke glass in a rear basement door, unlocked the door, but does not appear to have entered the location.Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:00:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/Precincts/Precinct1/February4FirstDegreeBurglary1800BlockofSelmaAvenue21227
View the Local Blotter for the Wilkens Precinct for the latest news on crime in your area.
Captain Donna Benton is a 23-year veteran of the police force. She has served in patrol assignments at the former Garrison Precinct, as well as in Towson and Pikesville. She has also completed assignments as a supervisor in the Internal Affairs Section and as the commander in the Employment Unit. Upon her promotion to Captain in February of 2015, Captain Benton was assigned to command the Special Operations Section. She became the commander of Precinct 1 Wilkens in December of 2015.
Captain Benton grew up in Randallstown. Prior to joining the Baltimore County Police Department, she served four years in the United States Marine Corps as an officer.
Revised January 7, 2016