Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Police are still reporting a 143 percent spike in commercial robberies from the same time last year in the Northern District.
Entering the third month of 2013, crime in North Baltimore continues at a pace slower than last year’s numbers. Baltimore police are reporting sharp drops in shootings, forcible rapes and burglaries in comparison to the same time period in 2012. Burglaries, a constant problem in the area, are down by 81 percent so far. Although some crimes are outpacing last year, recent arrests or the rare nature of an incident make police hopeful those statistics will also drop. Homicides are up by one during the same time last year, but at a recent event in the Northern District Maj. Sabrina Tapp-Harper told residents that can be attributed to a murder-suicide in Pen Lucy in February. “Those are some of the things that create more of a challenge for …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
After a tough 2012, crime is off to a slower start in North Baltimore.
Through the start of the year, the Northern District has experienced some sharp drops in crime compared to the same period last year. There are 42 fewer burglaries and five less shootings through the first 38 days of 2013 than there were in 2012. But the number of commercial robberies is up by 160 percent. North Baltimore is coming off a year that saw a crime spike in several categories such as a 60 percent increase in homicides, a 17 percent jump in shootings and an 18 percent rise in robberies. Crime *2013 Comstat statistics updated through Feb. 9.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
See how the Northern District is faring crime wise so far this year.
The first crime statistics of the new year are available, and although its too early to draw comparison, residents in North Baltimore will be keeping a close eye on the number of homicides in the after 2012 saw a sharp spike in murders. Residents may track weekly crime statistics, called Comstat, at the Open Baltimore website.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Northern District has experienced a 100 percent increase in the number of homicides.
It’s been a rough year fighting crime in Baltimore’s Northern District. But Maj. Sabrina Tapp-Harper said the spike in violent crime in North Baltimore can largely be blamed on the activity of gangs. "We suspect that there’s some involvement from BGF [Black Guerrilla Family] and the Bloods, but [I’m not] being any more specific than that right now. We’re just really keeping an eye on these players," Tapp-Harper said. Entering the last month of the year, the district has already experienced more than double the homicides last year and nearly twice the three-year average. According to the latest available Comstat figures, which were updated through Saturday, the district has suffered 24 homicides this year compared to 12 last year. Between …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The department wants to give residents a better understanding of how the program is used.
Baltimore police announced on Monday the department will host a public Comstat session. Comsat is the computer statistics police use to track crime trends in the city and to plan strategy for addressing those crimes. Usually these meetings are held just between the department’s top officials. But at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Public Safety Training Facility, 3500 W. Northern Parkway, the department will hold a session open to residents and the news media. Commissioner Anthony Batts said during an interview on the department’s BPDTV broadcast the idea behind the meetings is to give residents a better idea of what Comstat does, because many community leaders have said they don’t understand how this "amorphous beast" works. "What we’re trying to…
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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 …