An annual report on city crime statistics ranks Baltimore, Maryland as number 11 on the list of the most dangerous cities in the United States, according to WBALTV.
The report was published by CQ Press, an independent publisher and was released on Sunday, November 21. Each city’s murder, aggravated assault, rape, burglary, robbery, and motor vehicle theft rates were taken into account when determining how dangerous a city was for the year 2009. Last year, Baltimore was ranked number 12. Overall, St. Louis, Missouri was named the most dangerous city in the nation, surpassing Camden, New Jersey. The national average of violent crime is 429.4 per 100,000 residents, while St. Louis reported 2,070.1 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2009. Rounding out the top five most dangerous cities in the U.S. were Detroit, Michigan; Flint, Michigan; and Oakland, California. For the second year in a row, Colonie, New York was named the safest city with over 75,000 residents in America.
For the report, crime data and population numbers were collected by the FBI. However, some criminologists question whether the methodology is fair and say the statistics and rankings should be questioned.
In Maryland, there were a total of 215,921 crimes reported in 2009, the lowest number ever reported, according to the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. Aggravated assaults numbered 20,023, which was the lowest since 1987. There were 19,619 motor vehicle thefts, which was the lowest number reported since 1984. Robbery was also down, with only 12,007 instances occurring, the lowest number ever reported. Violent crimes and homicides were also down, with 33,626 and 440 instances occurring, respectively. However, there were 1,156 rapes, which was an increase from 2008.
The city of Baltimore saw a 4.6 percent decrease in total crime for 2009. There were 4,555 violent crimes reported and 2,443 motor vehicle thefts reported. The year before, in 2008 there were 4,931 violent crimes and 2,940 motor vehicle thefts reported. Police contribute the decreased in crime to a grant given to the city by the governor’s office that allowed for more crime prevention. For instance, Baltimore County police recovered or seized 692 guns and made 204 gun arrests in 2009, which resulted in 862 gun cases being prosecuted. They also entered 12,104 protective orders into state databases, alerting police statewide of potential threats.
Police officials and detectives can become caught up in a case and are sometimes too eager to bring someone to justice. While they should be respected, police can make mistakes and wrongfully accuse someone of a crime.
If you have been wrongfully accused of a crime in Maryland, you should consult with an attorney who can properly protect your rights. The Maryland criminal defense lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC will help to ensure that your case is represented accurately in a court of law. We will help you through this difficult time. Call us today at 1-866-444-6363 for a free and confidential consultation.