Sunday, June 22, 2008

Crime and Security in Baltimore: random thoughts

A lot of crime and security stuff going on in good ole Baltimore:
  • Two people murdered in Federal Hill in two days. The neighbors are upset! One woman gave the reasons for concern as: this is the "high rent district", we have the Ritz and the new Silo condos, Jenna Bush, etc. In other words, this is unacceptable. Yes, it was a rough weekend in Fed Hill, but the community association Prez, Paul Robinson, kinda summed it up: they're just not immune to the problems occurring in other parts of the city, and the community needs to come together to support the city and the police.
  • Buz wonders if the thugs are engaging in some sense of eco-sensitivity by not driving all the way out to Leakin Park to drop off their dead. Or could it be the price of gas? Dirty little secret: Federal Hill is very close to high crime areas, Hanover Street is sort of the DMZ. One poster on Sunspot said heavy drug activity emanates from a Section 8 property at William and Warren. Dunno. I didn't see any last time I was in the area, but haven't been in the early morning hours for a while (barhopping is often past your consultant's bedtime at this time).
  • I'm sure these two cases are "Red Balls" on the board down at Homicide at 601.
  • Speaking of Homicide, there is an ad on Craigslist business jobs for the Commanding Officer Homicide Section, Baltimore Police. I am not making this up. It was posted June 9th. Perhaps one of my readers or Baltimore Crime readers or John Galt might apply.
  • Members of campus law enforcement officers have spent all this money on emergency notification systems since V-Tech, but are still puzzling over how and when and who decides to use them. They're great for warning the student body of impeding thunder storms!


Harold said...

Buz, this is one of the best blogs on the web! Thanks for all your hard work and insight. How about starting a video version--buz tv !

buzoncrime said...

Thanks, Harold!! Now, that is a compliment I haven't gotten before. Buz TV?! hmmmmmmmm. I don't think I'm that telegenic. Plus, as a native Baltimoron, I'm not so sure I'm that computer-technologically-enhanced and stuff. But, I'll consider it.

I'd love to post more, and am just bursting with thoughts, but there's so much to write and so little time. Sigh.
I really appreciate your encouragement.
I hope to make a most later today. In the meantime, please read my other blog: buzonrelocation, dedicated to ideas about moving to Baltimore.

Anonymous said...

Loved buzonrelocation, but you need an account to post.

Two words for an absolutely underrated neighborhood to move into with Light Rail access, ample parking, and limited crime, Mount Washington.