A reader passed on this tip to me the other day, about car break-ins this week along the eastbound lanes of Northern Parkway, near York Road and Belvedere Square:
My husband was the most recent victim last night when he returned to his car after dinner at around 9 p.m. to find his passenger side window smashed. Fortunately, nothing was missing but the replacement estimate is $400 (just shy of our $500 deductible).
Anyway, my husband learned that his was the 30th car to be broken into in as many days along this short stretch of road. The break-ins have occurred at all times of day, even during the daylight hours as cars cruise past on Northern Parkway. Some Belvedere Square restaurant and shop owners are looking into installing cameras along the sidewalk.
Further, the police officer told my husband last night that her district has increased its patrol of the area as a result of the break-in reports. However, until the cameras go up and/or the police drive by at precisely the right time and catch the act in progress, more cars will be targeted and more people like my husband will be victimized.
I know some consider it "just a property crime," but I believe it still needs to be addressed. And hopefully with the increased vigilance of your readers who drive along this stretch of road, the petty thief or thieves can be caught and brought to justice.
Maj. Sabrina Tapp-Harper, commander of the Northern District, responded, saying there are eight larceny from auto reports in that area so far this year. Overall, thefts from cars in North Baltimore are down 21 percent this year, though they're up 7 percent in the past month.