Crime in Maryland Reported at Historic Lows
Crime in Maryland fell to its lowest level since the federal government began compiling such statistics in 1975, Gov. Martin O'Malley's office announced Wednesday.
The state reported that total crime dropped 4.8 percent in 2011 as homicides decreased 6.6 percent to 398 -- the lowest total since 1985 and the lowest ever reported on a per-capita basis. Property crime rates also hit record low levels last year, including the categories of breaking and entering, larceny and auto theft. Only in the category of rape, which declined 2.6 percent over last year, did the state fail to post the lowest rate so far this century.
O'Malley wasn't shy about claiming credit for the reductions. His office said that under his administration, violent crime has decreased 24.4 percent -- outpacing its initial goal of a 20 percent reduction. The administration also pointed to statistics showing a 36 percent decline in juvenile homicides and an 11.8 percent drop in killings of women.
Both O'Malley and U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein credited teamwork on the part of federal and state law enforcement as part of the reason for the reduction.
"The dramatic reduction in Maryland's violent crime rate demonstrates the value of a coordinated effort by state, local and federal law enforcement agencies to identify dangerous career criminals and remove them from our community," said Rosenstein. "Sending armed felons and violent repeat offenders to prison prevents them from committing crimes, deters others from following in their footsteps and builds public confidence in law enforcement."
The following statistics were reported to the FBI under the Uniform Crime Reporting program:
Maryland 2011 Crime Totals and Crime Rates