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Precinct 4 – Pikesville  


Captain John McGann

Assistant Commander

Lieutenant Michael DiCara

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News from the Captain

Warm weather is here and the Baltimore County Police Department has some tips to help keep you from becoming a crime victim this summer.

  • Keep your shed locked. Make sure to use a sturdy lock and check it regularly. Hidden shackle locks can provide even more deterrence to criminals because they are very difficult to defeat.
  • Write down the serial numbers of power tools, bicycles and other serialized property in your shed, and keep the list in a safe place.
  • Take pictures of your valuables and keep them in a safe place.
  • Make sure that the exterior of your home is well lit at night.
  • Keep all of your doors and windows locked – even when you are out in your yard.
  • Do not allow anyone claiming to be a government or utility worker into your home if you did not request them to come to your home.
  • Watch out for elderly neighbors.
  • Report any suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to police immediately.

Subjects are traveling through Baltimore County and offering driveway services such as asphalt and tar coating. They present the customer with a contract offering driveway services, then take the initial deposit and are never heard from again.

  • Always research companies, check with the Better Business Bureau and get references before signing any contract or giving any type of deposit.
  • Be aware there are many types of home improvement scams not limited to driveway repair, roof repair, tree services, etc. 
  • If you didn’t solicit the company for work, then you should say that you are not interested.

The Baltimore County Police Department offers home security surveys to County residents at no cost. An officer will respond to your home, walk around with you and give you advice on how to keep your home safe and secure. Call the Precinct 4 Outreach Team to schedule your free home security survey today.

Learn about keeping your home and belongings safe with more crime prevention tips.


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

Precinct 4 - Pikesville

Read news updates from Precinct 4 - Pikesville.
  1. July 2016 Officer of The Month

    The Precinct 4 Officer of The Month for July 2016 is officer Stradling.

    During July, officer Stradling issued 43 traffic citations, 39 warnings, five safety equipment repair orders, and completed 11 field interview reports. He also made three felony arrests, one warrant arrest, cleared two misdemeanor cases, and cleared four serious traffic cases.

    An example of officer Stradling’s excellent police work is a robbery investigation he conducted during July. The suspect had pushed the victim off of a hoverboard and fled the scene with the property. The juvenile suspect was located and identified by the victim as the person responsible for the robbery. The stolen property was recovered and returned to the owner.

    Officer Stradling is described as a leader in his squad. He is dependable and has earned the trust of his coworkers and supervisors. His supervisor stated that he “embodies the department’s core values of integrity, fairness, and service.”

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:41:00 GMT
  2. August 22: Robbery, 600 Block of Reisterstown Road, 21208

    Around 10:30 p.m., suspect entered the business, displayed a gun, and demanded cash.

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 02:22:00 GMT
  3. August 21: Second Degree Burglary, 2800 Block of Smith Avenue, 21209

    Just before midnight, suspect threw a brick through the glass door of a business and stole a tip jar.

    Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:56:00 GMT

View the Local Blotter for the Pikesville Precinct for the latest news on crime in your area.

About the Precinct Commander

Captain John McGann is a 23-year veteran of law enforcement. He started his career with the Baltimore Police Department. While with the Baltimore Police Department, he worked uniform patrol and spent his last two and a half years as a detective in the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT).

In January 1998, Captain McGann transferred to the Baltimore County Police Department. He has worked uniform patrol and has spent a considerable amount of his career in various Narcotics units and in the Vice unit. Captain McGann regularly patrols the precinct, paying special attention to crime trend areas. He is a 2012 graduate of the FBI National Academy.


Revised August 16, 2016        

Captain John McGann
Contact Precinct 4

215 Milford Mill Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208
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Main Phone: 410-887-1279
Fax: 410-887-6770

Captain John McGann,
Commanding Officer
Lieutenant Michael DiCara,
Assistant Commander

Business Patrol Initiative (BPI)

Citizens On Patrol (COP)

Community Outreach Team

Counseling Team

Domestic Violence Coordinator

Explorer Program

Juvenile Offenders In Need of Supervision (JOINS)

Police Community Relations Council (PCRC)

School Resource Officers (SRO)

Traffic Team

Vice/Narcotics Complaints

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