BALTIMORE - Motorists driving near the Johns Hopkins medical campus in east Baltimore are being urged to take caution after a rash of street crimes targeting drivers have been reported.
An online report on WBALTV.com notes that a warning was issued by Johns Hopkins Medicine to employees, cautioning drivers who are stopped at red lights near the campus.
WBALTV.com says an email was issued by security at the hospital alerting staff to reports of groups of juveniles that have been converging on and vandalizing vehicles while they are stopped at traffic lights.
"Some drivers have been assaulted when doors were left unlocked and/or the windows were in the down position," the email said.
Officers say a recent incident was reported on the 1000 block of East Madison Street
"We are encouraging the public, when driving, to keep their windows up to a degree so people can't have access to their cars and that their car doors are locked," Baltimore police spokeswoman Sgt. Sarah Connolly told WBALTV.com.
As police investigate to see if similar crimes in the area are related, a report using FBI data named an area just north of the east Baltimore medical campus one of America’s most dangerous.
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