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You Tell Us: What’s Causing the Northern District Crime Spike?

Patch wants to know what you think is behind a spike in violent crime in North Baltimore.

It’s been a tough year for violent crime in the Northern District.

According to the most recent ComStat data, online crime is up in several categories including a 100 percent increase year to date in homicides, a 33 percent increase year to date in shootings and a 19 percent increase year to date in robberies. 

"We've had some tough luck on homicides this year," Deputy Maj. Richard Worley told the Hampden Community Council earlier this week.

Gun crimes are up across the board year to date by 17 percent, which include robberies, carjackings and aggravated assault.

Although total property crime is at the same level as it was a year ago.

Despite the issues, Worley said police at the district are confident they will get things under control before the end of the year.

"We've been in this situation before but we'll bounce back," Worley said.

So what do you think is causing the spike? Tell us in the comments.

Crime 2011 2012  Percent Homicide 9 18 + 100% Shooting 18 24 +33% Robbery Total 268 318 +19% Aggravated Assault 326 296 -9% Burglary 787 688 -13% Larceny Total 1,375 1,481 +8% Auto Theft 297 298 0%
Kerry Craven September 27, 2012 at 06:02 PM
How in the hell did this discussion turn into a Senator Fest?
Tom Kiefaber September 27, 2012 at 06:15 PM
@ BO, *Debate* an anonymous troll cyber-stalker obsessed with me personally in ways that jump off the page as warped and soaked in bile for lord knows why? Yeah right. :-) If you choose to set up a legit debate, in public, with a neutral moderator and then stand up personally for what you believe in, as I do, and I'm there. Otherwise you're just inconsequential, cyber-slime cowardice, casting bilious rage and truly creepy taunts towards your present obsession. Buh- bye, BO, your funk has pervaded this forum to such a degree, it's become fetid and repulsive to me and others. And then there was one...
Balt Observer September 27, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Well, Kiefaber, everyone else here debates and stands up for what they believe in. You apparently cannot do so unless you can delete the posts of your opponent when you are being summarily thrashed (as you so often are). Good for you to get all your bile out now though - I know you've had a rough go of it lately. PS...I know you're a little tight on money supposedly, so with Halloween coming up, you might want to think of marketing that creepy bag-O-bile. Free entrepreneurial idea for ya. :-)
Tom Kiefaber September 27, 2012 at 06:38 PM
@Kerry Kraven, My fault, once removed. One of a few notorious (always anonymous) cyber-stalkers got my coordinates when I posted here on this subject. I'll vamoose now and they'll generally follow me and no longer hijack the discussion here in the direction of The Senator Theatre. Sorry, these wack-jobs are cyber parasites that you can't scape off with a sharp rock. :-(
Balt Observer September 27, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Psst...hey Kiefaber - look back at my original post on this article and tell me where I made any reference to you. Silly fringe crackpots. ;-)

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