Baltimore County Officials Pledge More Resources And Officers To Address Crime In Towson
TOWSON - Towson will be receiving additional police resources in response to the recent uptick of violent crimes in the area, according to officials.
Monday's fatal shooting of 17-year-old Tre'Shaun Harmon near the Towson traffic circle was the latest incident in a spree of violent crimes that have left the Towson community wondering what can be done to prevent future incidents.
Over the past three weeks, downtown Towson has seen two shootings, a stabbing, and three rapes within a mile of the traffic circle.
Local leaders and police representatives have spoken out and called for increased police presence, more security cameras, and other measures to help reduce crime in the area.
In a statement, police spokesperson Joy Stewart told residents to expect a greater police presence around Towson.
"The community will see an even greater presence in central Towson. Steps are being taken to ensure central Towson remains safe for the community and visitors who come here. Those who do come and commit crimes will be arrested and charged," Stewart said.
Towson's county councilman, Mike Ertel, called the violence "shocking and unacceptable" and said that steps are being taken toward addressing the violence.
Baltimore County Interim Police Chief Dennis Delp added that they're putting out more foot patrols in the area.
"Overall, Towson is a safe place to come and visit," Delp said. "From a crime perspective, it is a safe place. We have had some incidents of crime - we are pivoting and making sure we are using technologies."
On Wednesday, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski was joined by other local leaders, including Delp, for a "public safety walk" through Towson's entertainment district.
During the walk, the county executive said officials are making plans for a new license plate reader and money for additional security cameras.
Baltimore County Leaders are also planning a summit for Towson and Baltimore County residents to discuss the recent violence.
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