Roland Park Credited for Northern District Crime Reduction
Northern District commander Maj. Sabrina Tapp-Harper said the most serious crime is down 15.7 percent in the neighborhood.
Two weeks after addressing residents in Guilford about a spike in burglaries, Maj. Sabrina Tapp-Harper told Roland Park residents a drop in crime in the Northern District can be attributed to reduced crime in their neighborhood.
“Roland Park is holding it down for the Northern District,” Tapp-Harper said.
Tapp-Harper, who said she attended what was then Roland Park Junior High School, said the most serious crimes are down in Roland Park by 15.7 percent, including an 11 percent drop in burglaries compared to the same time last year.
That's compared to Guilford, where there had been a 54 percent increase in burglaries during the same time period. Tapp-Harper has placed two-foot patrol officers in Guilford neighborhood, which also employs private security, to help address the uptick in burglaries.
Overall the district has seen an 8 percent drop in the most serious crimes including a 5 percent drop in robberies and 13 percent drop in aggravated assaults.
David Blumberg, a Roland Park resident and chairman of the Maryland Parole Commission, said during the meeting on Thursday night that people are skeptical about reduced crime numbers. But Blumberg said during the meeting he has seen noticeable reduction of crime in the last 15 years.