My office remains in close contact with the Cockeysville Police Precinct 7 regarding the most recent carjacking at the Walgreens as well as a number of recent car break-ins within the boundaries of the Dulaney Valley Improvement Association. The police report that they are fully aware of these situations, and have diverted large numbers of resources to increase patrols of these areas and to pursue the perpetrator(s). Because these are ongoing criminal investigations, I cannot get into specifics but please know that the police are on top of this and are working around the clock to bring these criminals to justice. I have great confidence in our police, and I am doing all that I can in my capacity to support them in their efforts.
Crime is certainly impacting all areas of this County. To combat this, Baltimore County Government has committed to filling more than 40 vacant police positions, which will put more police on the streets and in our communities. While Baltimore City certainly has its own significant problems, we need to expand our existing partnership with City police, a partnership that led to the arrest of the initial carjackers from earlier this month.
I continue to believe that Baltimore County police who live in Baltimore County should be able to take their police cars home with them. Having a visible police presence certainly would deter crime. I also believe that it is important to have more Baltimore County police actually live in Baltimore County. I tried to do this last term with a property tax credit for all first responders, but it failed on a party line vote.
In the meantime, if there is anything that that looks suspicious going on in the area, Baltimore County Police requests that you call 911 immediately.
I will be in contact with more information as I receive it.