With police out in force, downtown calm

April 07, 1992|By Roger Twigg and David Michael Ettlin | Roger Twigg and David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writers

Baltimore's police department demonstrated yesterday that the downtown area can be very safe -- particularly if you add nearly 300 peacekeepers to its streets.

Crime nearly took a holiday in and around the city's new baseball park, according to supervisors in the Central and Southern police districts who knew of no reports of visitors to Oriole Park at Camden Yards being robbed or attacked going to or leaving the Opening Day game.

The only serious criminal incidents downtown appeared to be the $125 robbery of a florist shop in the 100 block of East Fayette Street shortly before noon and a $405 theft from the car of a downtown worker in the 400 block of West Lexington Street about 3:45 p.m., police said.

Central police officers said criminal activity appeared to be at its lowest level before, during and after the game.

To gear up for the first game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the police department assigned nearly 300 officers -- 48 of them working overtime -- to traffic and crowd control within a three-quarter square mile around the stadium.

In contrast, fewer than 200 officers were patrolling the rest of the city.

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