Examining Baltimore’s 2016 Increase in Robberies

Baltimore has seen a substantial increase in robberies this year. Carjackings are up 37 percent across the city and Baltimore’s downtown neighborhood has seen a 63 percent jump in street robberies. And things only seem to be getting worse– November was the worst month for carjackings in the city and October saw the highest number of street robberies.

While many have focused on the city’s high homicide numbers (which surpassed 300 for the second year in a row), robberies are up much more significantly year-over-year. Data from Open Baltimore shows that Baltimore has seen a 9 percent increase in total robberies, with 5,134 so far in 2016* up from 4,717 total robberies in 2015.


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