North Baltimore's top cop met face to face Wednesday with 40 crime-weary residents on Daniel Chase's front lawn in Lake Walker.
The good turnout didn't surprise Chase.
"It's a good neighborhood," he said.
That's the problem, said police Maj. Kimberly Burrus, commander of the Northern District, citing a year-to-date spike in burglaries that is plaguing Lake Walker and the nearby communities of Evesham Park and Lake Evesham.
"In these neighborhoods, (burglars) figure they get bang for their buck," Burrus told the crowd at the meeting onLake Avenue, just east of York Road. "They come from outside your neighborhood. Your neighborhood is beautiful."
Recent victims include Chase, a contractor, and his wife, Jenny Morgan, director of Baltimore Green Works, whose house was burglarized in broad daylight July 17.
"They broke in the house and stole (Morgan's) car key," Chase said. "I came home for lunch and everything was fine. I came home at 6 and everything had happened."
That was just the first incident.
"Two weeks ago, they broke the windows of my other car," Morgan said.
Residents also complained about drug dealing, loud parties and drinking, and about infrequent police patrols in the area. Burrus said only one patrol officer drives around the immediate area. She said she doesn't have enough resources to add another patrol officer, but she plans to ask the existing officer to patrol the neighborhood more often.