Shootings Increase in North Baltimore
Despite a citywide trend of a decrease in the number of shootings, the Northern District experienced a 30 percent increase in shootings in 2011.
Overall crime in the Northern District decreased in 2011, but the number of homicides remained the same from the year before, while shootings increased by 30 percent.
According to ComStat figures released by the Baltimore City Police Department, there were 15 homicides in the Northern District in 2011—the same number as the year before. The number of shootings in the district increased from 23 in 2010 to 30 by the end of 2011.
The number of homicides remaining flat and the increase in shootings actually go against citywide trends.
According to statistics released by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s office earlier this week, there were 27 fewer homicides in Baltimore in 2011 than in 2010. It is the lowest number of murders in the city since 1977.
Citywide there was also a 9 percent reduction in shootings from 2010.
The number of commercial armed robberies also jumped by 22 percent in the Northern District from the year before, but there was a 1 percent overall decrease in robberies in the district.
But there was some good news included in the total crime figures for the Northern District.
Burglaries, which tend to be a constant concern for residents in North Baltimore, were down by 7 percent. Also larceny from auto experienced a sharp decline, dropping by 14 percent. That, too, is at odds with citywide trends that saw property crimes increase by 4 percent.
The Northern District also deviated from city trends with an 8 percent decrease in total part one crime, whereas the city as a whole saw a 1 percent increase.
- 2011: 15
- 2010: 15
- Three-year average: 16
- 2011: 30
- 2010: 23
- Three-year average: 31
- 2011: 27
- 2010: 28
- Three-year average: 17
- 2011: 378
- 2010: 381
- Three-year average: 459
- 2011: 1,128
- 2010: 1,209
- Three-year average: 1,121
Larceny from Auto
- 2011: 768
- 2010: 890
- Three-year average: 851