Baltimore County crime down in 2012
Overall crime rates in Baltimore County were down in 2012, compared to 2011 and the average over the past five years.
Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson announced the 6.7 percent decrease at a press conference Wednesday, along with County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
While the total crime in the county was down, overall crime in the Towson precinct was up. Towson was the only precinct in the county to have an overall increase in crime.
The increase in Towson was mainly due to an increase in theft in the area, especially shoplifting and theft from an auto, According to a press release sent out by BCPD. Theft in the Towson area was up 18 percent compared to 2011.
To help cut down on crime in Towson, the police will begin using three electric stand-up vehicles.
The Baltimore County Police Foundation donated the ESVs.
“Two additional officers will be assigned to the Towson precinct,” the press release reads. “They will be assigned five days a week, working late evenings and other times when the entertainment district is busiest. The use of the ESVs will allow patrol cars to concentrate on other areas of the precinct.”
Elsewhere in the county, all Part I crimes were down. Part I crimes include aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, robbery, arson, burglary and motor vehicle theft.
Part I crime dropped by 480 cases in the county in 2012 compared to 2011, and was lower than the five-year average.
The largest decrease in crime was in the homicide category. There were only 23 criminal homicides in Baltimore County in 2012, which is lower than the 30 homicides that occurred in 2011.
Part II crime, which includes simple assault, curfew offense, embezzlement, forgery, driving under the influence, drug offenses and sex offenses, among others, were also down.
Part II crime dropped 5.2 percent compared to the five-year averaged and the overall number of cases fell by 1,831 in 2012 compared to 2011.