According to the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP), Maryland’s crime rates have been dropping pretty consistently for the last few years. 2010 saw crime rates drop not only for multiple types of crimes, but also in multiple counties.
For several different types of violent crime, Maryland posted its lowest-ever crime statistics in 2010. For instance, in 2010 Maryland had 426 homicides, the lowest number reported since 1986, and the lowest number per capita that Maryland has ever reported. Similarly, Maryland’s 2010 robbery rate, with 11,053 robberies reported, was the lowest number and the lowest rate the state has had since the GOCCP began keeping track of crime statistics. Overall, the number of violent crimes in 2010 was 31,605, the lowest overall number since 1976 and the lowest rate per capita ever recorded in Maryland.
The number and rate of property crimes has also decreased in recent years. The rates of breaking and entering, larceny and thefts, and motor vehicle thefts per capita in 2010 were Maryland’s lowest in the history of crime tracking. The rate of motor vehicle thefts in Maryland dropped the furthest, with an 8.1% decrease compared to 2009.
Crime rates are dropping, but for those charged with a crime in Maryland, facing the legal system is still a daunting task. If you’ve been charged with a crime, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced Bowie criminal defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer to get the help you need. Our number is (866) 444-6363, and your initial telephone consultation is free and confidential.