Major crime in city increases 7 percent

August 06, 1991|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

Baltimore became deadlier and saw more robberies and car thefts in the first half of 1991 compared with the same period last year, according to city police crime statistics.

Overall, major crime increased by 7.4 percent, from 37,051 cases in the first six months of last year to 39,783 cases for the same period this year, according to the police department's Planning and Research Division.

Leading the way was robbery, which jumped 13.4 percent to 4,902 from the 4,324 reported robberies for the first six months of 1990, the statistics showed.

Car theft was second, rising 12.6 percent from 4,573 for the first six months in 1990 to 5,150.

Murder was third, up from 133 to 146, or an increase of 9.8 percent.

As of today, there have been 167 murders, three more than the same time last year, Jenkins said.

"Murder is a crime that is difficult to predict or prevent from a law enforcement point of view," said Agent Arlene Jenkins, a city police spokeswoman.

In Baltimore, Jenkins said, most homicide victims know their assailants and 45 percent of the murders are drug-related, about the same as last year.

Also, another serious crime, forcible rape, increased 8.9 percent from 303 last year to 330 this year. Jenkins speculated that the numbers rose because women feel more at ease reporting rapes.

During the same period, aggravated assault dipped from 3,803 to 3,327 -- a decrease of 12.5 percent, police said.

Burglary increased from 6,876 to 7,477, an 8.7 percent increase, and larceny increased from 17,039 to 18,451, up 8.3 percent.

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