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Precinct 11 – Essex


Captain Douglas E. Irwin

Assistant Commander

Lieutenant Joe Jamerson

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News from the Captain

As temperatures begin to drop, it's important to know how to keep you and your vehicle safe in the cold weather. Follow these seasonal crime prevention tips to protect yourself from becoming a victim.

  • Never leave your keys in your vehicle. If a thief steals your vehicle with the keys inside, they may have the keys to your home as well as another vehicle.
  • Never leave valuables or any packages visible in your vehicle.
  • Park in busy, well-lit areas.
  • Copy your license plate and vehicle information numbers on a card and keep them with you. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to take a report.
  • If you have a garage, use it. When parked in a garage, lock the garage as well as your vehicle and take your keys inside.
  • Traffic Article 21-1101(A) states that it is unlawful to leave an unattended vehicle without stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key and setting the brake. The fine is $70 and a one-point violation. Never leave your vehicle running to warm up unattended:
    • While parked inside of a garage—this could be dangerous due to the carbon monoxide that builds as the car idles in an enclosed space.
    • While parked outside—many vehicles are stolen on cold mornings.

As always, call 911 if you see anyone attempting to break into a vehicle. Do not intervene. Provide as much information about the suspect as possible to help the police. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Baltimore County Police Department Community Services Section at 410-887-5901.


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 11 - Essex

Read news updates from Precinct 11 - Essex.
  1. Reminder: Unlocked Car Doors Contributes to Theft

    On behalf of the Commander of the Essex Precinct, the Baltimore County Police Department would like to remind citizens to keep car doors locked when you are away from your vehicle, even when it is parked in your driveway.

    The Essex Precinct has experienced a number of recent thefts from autos, the majority of which have been from unlocked vehicles, granting opportunistic thieves access to anything secured or unsecured inside the vehicle.

    Remember, never leave possessions inside the vehicle where prying eyes might be enticed to break in and steal those possessions. Make a habit of taking all packages, backpacks, purses, tablets and loose change inside your domicile before locking your vehicle doors. Never leave keys to the vehicle, keys to another vehicle, keys to the house, or a garage door opener in your vehicle.

    Visit our crime prevention page for more information on how to secure your home, car, and possessions. Benjamin Franklin once said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." While we do our best to patrol for prevention and catch thieves after they've struck, wouldn't it be nice if you never had to deal with the inconvenience of a theft from your auto in the first place? Help us prevent auto theft and theft from autos - please, lock your car doors.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:02:00 GMT
  2. November 13: Robbery, 300 Block of Holly Drive 21220

    At 11:42 a.m., an unknown suspect entered the Oak Grove Liquors store, pointed a handgun at the victims behind the counter and demanded money from the cash register. After receiving the money, the suspect fled.
    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:42:00 GMT
  3. November 12: Robbery, 400 Block of Eastern Boulevard 21221

    At 6:09 p.m., an unknown suspect approached the register at The Gold Mine store. The suspect brandished a handgun and demanded money from the store owner. The owner handed the suspect cash and then the suspect fled.
    Mon, 12 Nov 2018 23:09:00 GMT

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

About the Precinct Commander

Captain Douglas Irwin is a 25-year veteran of the police force. He has worked in uniform patrol, undercover narcotics units and investigative units. He has experience as a firearms instructor, field training officer and hostage negotiator. Captain Irwin was previously the commander of the Wilkens Precinct, as well as the Internal Affairs Section and Property Crimes Section of the Criminal Investigations Bureau.

Captain Irwin routinely patrols the streets with his personnel and encourages them to aggressively seek out and arrest those responsible for crime. He asks community members to be intolerant of crime and those who commit it.

Revised October 19, 2017         


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216 North Marlyn Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21221
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Main Phone: 410-887-0220
Fax: 410-887-0224

Captain Douglas Irwin, Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Joe Jamerson, Assistant Commander

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