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Precinct 3 – Franklin


Captain Michael Balog

Assistant Commander

Lieutenant Doug McManus

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News from the Captain

Lock your car doors. Thieves routinely commute to a residential area and begin pulling on handles to vehicle doors. An unlocked vehicle door is a surefire way to lose important or precious items, including your vehicle.

Additionally, don't give a car thief an opportunity to steal your vehicle by leaving it running unattended. Leaving your vehicle running unattended is also against the law.

Thieves generally do not break windows unless they see something expensive left unattended in your vehicle.

Also, residents should stay alert to certain crime trends that have occurred throughout the County in recent years: deception burglaries and home improvement scams. Be mindful of certain ruses.

  • Deception burglaries occur when suspects, generally working in pairs, approach homeowners at their residence with the intent of gaining entry under a seemingly benevolent role like posing as a legitimate worker from a local gas company, water department, cable company, or as a tree trimmer, paver, county inspector, or government official. One suspect will distract the homeowner while a second suspect will quietly enter the home and search for valuables and cash.
  • Home improvement scams often involve someone posing as a repair person who offers a bargain price on a home repair. These con artists like to intimidate their victims, and the work is shoddy and done with inferior materials.

Details on these and other crime prevention tips are available online.

Report suspicious persons or conditions in your neighborhood by dialing 911. Together, we can make your neighborhood a safer place.


Are you going out of town? Don't leave your home looking unoccupied. Complete a Vacant House Form and email it to the precinct at 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 3 - Franklin

Read news updates from Precinct 3 - Franklin.
  1. February 1: Robbery, 11800 Reisterstown Road, 21136

    Around 5 p.m., twp known suspects robbed the victim of cash and credit cards. Both suspects were arrested and all property returned.
    Fri, 01 Feb 2019 21:50:00 GMT
  2. January 30 to February 2: Second Degree Burglary, 200 Block of Mid Pines Court, 21117

    Sometime between January 30 and February 2, unknown suspects forced entry to a storage unit and took tools and a bicycle.
    Wed, 30 Jan 2019 22:00:00 GMT
  3. January 27: Robbery, 11700 Reisterstown Road, 21136

    Around 9 p.m., suspect entered the Papa John's store, displayed a gun and took cash.
    Mon, 28 Jan 2019 01:52:00 GMT

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

About the Precinct Commander

Captain Michael Balog joined the Baltimore County Police Department in 1990 and upon graduating from the Police Academy was assigned to the Wilkens Precinct. As he progressed through the ranks, he was assigned to the 911 Center, the Parkville Precinct, Woodlawn Precinct, White Marsh Precinct, Essex Precinct, the old Garrison Precinct (including the transition to Franklin Precinct) and the Pikesville Precinct. Upon promotion to Captain, he commanded the White Marsh Precinct for eight years before transferring to the Community Services Section. On February 1, Captain Balog returned to the Franklin Precinct to partner with the officers and the community to drive community policing and crime prevention initiatives.   

Captain Balog has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Towson University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Loyola University in Maryland.

Revised February 6, 2018         


Captain Michael Balog.
Captain Michael Balog
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606 Nicodemus Road
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
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Main Phone: 410-887-6975
Fax: 410-517-1950

Captain Michael Balog, Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Doug McManus, Assistant Commander

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