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Maryland Crime Rates Down in 2012

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – State officials announced Thursday that crime is down in Maryland, hitting the lowest levels that the state has seen since 1975. That was the year the Uniform Crime Reporting program was adopted.

The crime data was compiled by Maryland State Police and submitted to the FBI for use in the national crime statistics report.

The report shows that total crime in Maryland is down 2.9 percent since 2011, with fewer than 5,701 crimes reported.

"Our most solemn obligation is to protect the public's safety," said Gov. Martin O'Malley. "We've lost too many moms and dads, sons and daughters this year, so we know there's still more work to do. But we should honor the hard work, commitment, and dedication of local, state, and federal law enforcement officials—and community and neighborhood leaders across the state—that drove down crime last year to its lowest levels in recorded history."

In 2012, the number of homicides decreased by 6.5 percent; robberies by 1.6 percent; aggravated assaults by 3.4 percent; incidents of breaking and entering by 6.4 percent; larceny/theft by 1.0 percent; and motor vehicle thefts by 9.8 percent. One crime, however, did increase last year; and rape increased by 3.3 percent.

Eighteen jurisdictions saw a decrease in total crime. Fourteen jurisdictions saw a decline in specific violent crimes such as homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Between 2006-2012 Maryland saw a 26.3 percent drop in violent crime. During this time period, Maryland also saw a 54 percent decrease in juvenile homicides and 17.1 percent decrease in homicides against women.

Governor O'Malley's press office said the Safe Streets program had a significant impact on the overall crime reduction in 2012. The objective of the program is to reduce violent crime through coordination, collaboration, and information sharing.

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