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Robberies Up from Last Year, Down in Long-Term

While robberies are up from last year’s number, this year is still under long-term averages.

While there has been an uptick in robberies in 2012 compared to 2011 in the police precinct for Owings Mills and Reisterstown, the number is below the five-year average, according to Baltimore County Police.

Police in the Franklin Precinct, which covers Reisterstown and Owings Mills, experienced two recent commercial armed robbery trends, the first such trends in two years.

As of Nov. 1, there were 38 robberies year-to-date in the Franklin Precinct. That number includes commercial robberies as well as street robberies. For the years 2007 to 2011, the average number of robberies as of Nov. 1 was 47, said Capt. Matthew McElwee, commander of the Franklin Precinct.

This year’s robbery number is also below the yearly figures for 2007, 2008 and 2009, but higher than 2010 and 2011, McElwee said.

“We have seen an increase as far as robberies,” he said. “However, equally, we’ve seen decreases in other categories.”

Countywide, crime decreased in 2010 and again in 2011, with the exception of homicide, which still increased in 2011 over 2010, but remained below three- and five-year averages.

McElwee can’t give a specific reason why robberies might be up in his precinct this year.

“I can’t put one variable on it,” he said. “I can say the economy continues to pitter and putter along. That comes into play sometimes.”

With the holiday season coming up, McElwee said the Franklin Precinct tends to beef up patrols and deploy resources by analyzing where robberies, thefts from cars and other crimes took place in the past couple of years. He said the department will maintain a steady presence and keep in mind this year’s increase in robberies over last year.

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