A review of Baltimore County Police Department’s police blotters from the county’s 10 police precincts reveals that during the first month of this year, police responded to calls related to 185 confirmed crimes committed across the county.
The January data show that the crimes included 62 robberies, four attempted robberies and nine carjackings with the Essex, Dundalk and Wilkens police precincts leading the county with weapon-related crimes, and the Dundalk area leading with burglaries, assaults and overall crime in Baltimore County.
The numbers, however, do not include any January rape and sexual assault cases which have not been made public. The information regarding these cases has been requested of the department.
Homicides were also not found on the police blotters, but were compiled using data found on the county’s iWatch Public Safety News site.
Additionally, not all precincts categorized all carjackings as carjackings, instead classified them as general robberies while the description of the crimes included a weapon used by an assailant to forcibly take a victim’s vehicle. Those have been categorized as carjackings in the chart below.
On Jan 22, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Police Chief Melissa Hyatt announced a plan to combat violent crime.
Among target approaches is the focus on improved data and analytics which includes the coordination with the Baltimore City Police Department on fighting crime and acts of violence.
The county’s plan includes a department led by experienced civilian crime analysts who will work alongside Baltimore County police officers who will focus primarily on precincts that experience the greatest amount of gun violence.
“Keeping our communities safe is among the most important responsibilities of government. Any increase in violent crime is unacceptable. We refuse to normalize violence in our communities,” Olszewski said in a news release last week on his administration’s plan to address county crime.
“This plan brings together the Baltimore County Police Department, our law enforcement partners, and all of Baltimore County government to provide both immediate and upstream interventions to enhance the safety of our communities,” he said.
Chief Hyatt said in the joint statement, “There is no single factor that causes violent crime, and no single solution. This plan includes innovative and proven strategies that will better equip our officers to prevent and respond to crime in our communities.”
The Gunpowder Gazette plans to track countywide crime monthly, beginning with January 2020 as a starting point.