The number of serious crimes in Baltimore County rose by nearly 10 percent during the first half of this year, but police said today that the numbers were skewed by sharp jumps in robberies and car thefts.
Robberies increased by about 39 percent, to 1,020, when compared with 736 robberies recorded in the first half of 1990.
Car thefts were up 23 percent, to 2,872. The most popular model with thieves was the Mazda 626, police said. More than 90 percent of stolen cars were recovered.
General thefts also increased by nearly 10 percent, to 11,279 from 10,261.
On the positive side, the number of burglaries actually declined slightly, to 3,669. Police said this was the lowest six-month total in the past 10 years. The Garrison and Essex areas were burglars' favorite targets, the report shows.