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Maryland Marks 7th Consecutive Year of Record Crime Reductions

ANNAPOLIS, MD – State officials today announced that 2013 year-end crime data compiled by the Maryland State Police, and submitted to the FBI for use in the national uniform crime report (UCR), shows that violent crime and property crime in Maryland has been driven down to the lowest rates since 1975.  Total crime has been driven down 2.3 percent since 2012, with 4,394 fewer crimes reported.  This marks the lowest number of total crimes and total crime rate ever reported in Maryland since the Uniform Crime Reporting program was adopted in 1975.

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of law enforcement, public safety professionals and community leaders across Maryland, we’ve driven crime down to lows not seen in nearly 40 years, ” said Governor O’Malley.“These reductions don’t happen by chance – they happen because of the choices we continue to make together. We’re investing in public safety — and we’re setting goals, measuring progress, and improving cross-jurisdictional collaboration in order to deploy our resources as efficiently and effectively as possible. The result: Maryland families and communities are safer than they’ve been in decades.”

Upon taking office in 2007, the O’Malley-Brown Administration set a goal of driving down violent crime 20 percent by the end of 2012. As a result of efforts by public safety officials at every level of government — and strategic investments in targeted crime fighting efforts — law enforcement achieved that goal in 2011 and exceeded it again in 2012.  Since then, the Administration set a new goal to drive down violent crime an additional 20 percent by the end of 2018. As of last year’s 2012 UCR, Maryland had driven down violent crime by 27  percent in seven years.

In 2013, together with the hardworking members of Maryland’s law enforcement, the State drove down the number of violent crimes by 1.3 percent; robberies by 0.9 percent; aggravated assaults by 1.3 percent; incidents of breaking and entering by 4.7 percent; larceny/theft by 1.2 percent; and motor vehicle thefts by 7.3 percent. While homicide rates increased slightly (4 percent), the homicide rate of 6.5 per 100,000 residents is the 2nd lowest ever reported in Maryland. Sixteen jurisdictions drove down total crime while fifteen jurisdictions drove down violent crime. Fourteen jurisdictions drove down property crimes such as breaking and entering, larceny/theft, and motor vehicle theft.

“We’ve driven violent crime down to the lowest level in three decades by investing in local law enforcement, working with community leaders, and partnering with county and local governments, who share our goal of keeping Marylanders safe,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Although our state is safer than at any point in our recent history, we know that there’s still work to do. We must continue our efforts and our progress until every Marylander is safe in their home and in their community.”

In 2013, the total number of rapes was driven down by 5.4 percent in 2013, with 67 fewer than in 2012.

“Thousands of dedicated police officers, deputies, agents, state troopers and other public safety personnel worked diligently in 2013 to help keep our citizens safe and these historically low crime statistics are evidence of their committed efforts,” said Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police. “These numbers are also the result of the O’Malley-Brown Administration making crime fighting efforts a top priority — by focusing on ensuring security integration, technology implementation, coordinated communication, and cross-jurisdictional cooperation that have combined to help law enforcement identify and bring to justice the violent criminals most responsible for crime in our state.”

Driving down violent crime against women and children has been a priority for the O’Malley-Brown Administration. From 2006 to 2013, the number of female and juvenile homicide victims was driven down 26.2 percent. This morning, Lt. Governor Brown announced Maryland’s 10th hospital-based domestic violence program at the University of Maryland Medical Center, building upon the programs established in Howard County and St. Mary’s County in 2013. These programs provide training to hospital staff so that they can screen patients coming into the hospital who may be victims of domestic violence. Once these individuals are identified, they are given specialized medical treatment and referred to comprehensive services available in the community, such as counseling, legal services and temporary housing.

The crime reductions announced today are a result of increased partnerships between the State and local criminal justice agencies through efforts like the Safe Streets Initiative, an offender-based model that institutes collaboration and information sharing across all levels of government to dramatically reduce crime. The objective of Safe Streets is significant violent crime reduction through seamless coordination, consistent interagency collaboration, and information sharing by focusing on the core group of offenders who commit the majority of violent offenses in a local jurisdiction.

Others statewide initiatives have played a significant role in crime reduction: the Violence Prevention Initiative, designed to identify and track the state’s most violent adult and juvenile offenders; enhanced warranted service to swiftly remove violent offenders from the streets; the use of DNA to identify and convict offenders; and the Criminal Justice Dashboard, a web-based application consolidating 115 sources of data from 24 agencies in a single platform. Partnerships with neighboring regions have allowed Maryland agencies to share information about criminals who cross state borders. The passage of the Firearm Safety Act in 2013 requires background checks and fingerprinting for individuals who wish to purchase firearms. These innovations and collaborations have been instrumental in supporting Maryland’s goal to drive down crime and provide safe neighborhoods for its citizens to live, work, and raise a family.

To view the full UCR report for Maryland, click here: https://www.mdsp.org/Downloads.aspx.

Click here for Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention’s analysis of the 2013 UCR report for Maryland: http://www.goccp.maryland.gov/msac/crime-statistics.php.