Despite Crime Rates Dropping, Baltimore Remains in the “Top 5”

Baltimore is still one of the top five cities in the U.S. when it comes to murder rates, according to The Baltimore Sun. The information comes from a report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

In general, the rate of violent crimes dropped nationwide last year, and Baltimore was no exception. Overall, violent crimes went down 5.5 percent in 2010 as compared with 2009, while crimes involving property were down 2.8 percent. Baltimore also saw lowered crime rates: violent crimes in the city dropped 3.6 percent, and property crimes went down 3 percent. However, despite the decrease in crime, Baltimore still maintained the fifth-highest murder rate in the country last year behind New Orleans, Flint (Michigan), St. Louis, and Detroit.

The FBI data indicates that there were 223 homicides in Baltimore in 2010, down from 238 the year before, thus giving Baltimore one of its lowest murder-rate years ever. The number of rape cases increased 57 percent, but police believe this jump was caused by new and more accurate classifications of sexual assault cases, many of which had been misclassified not to include rape in previous years. Robberies in 2010 decreased 10 percent, and the Baltimore police commissioner has stated that reducing robberies even further will be a priority for city police in the coming year.

While crime statistics paint an overall picture, they cannot show how difficult and overwhelming it can be when you are charged with a crime. The experienced Maryland criminal defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer understand how criminal charges affect individuals and their families. They will examine your case carefully and know how to fight for the best possible outcome in your case. For a confidential consultation, call Alpert Schreyer, LLC today at 866-444-6363.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.