The crime rate dropped 10 percent in Harford County last year, according to statistics compiled by the Maryland State Police.
Figures show that the total number of crimes committed in the county fell to 6,078 from 6,722.
Only St. Mary's, Washington and Worcester counties reported a larger percentage of decline in crime for 1992. All had an 11 percent decrease last year.
Cecil County's crime rate also fell 10 percent.
The figures in the 1992 Preliminary Uniform Crime Report are provided by law enforcement agencies statewide and are listed along with 1991 totals.
The crime statistics are taken in seven categories.
Four are violent offenses: murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault; three are property offenses: breaking or entering, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.
The crime rate rose 1 percent statewide and 2 percent in the Baltimore metropolitan area, which includes the city, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard and Harford counties. Carroll County was not included in the metro area survey because it is considered part of the Western Maryland region.
The statistics show:
* Harford murders were up to 6, from 3 last year, while rapes dropped to 46 from 53.
* Robberies rose slightly to 115, from 110, and assaults dipped to 434, from 485.
* Property crimes all dropped last year. Breaking or entering offenses fell to 1,435, from 1,580, larceny-thefts to 3,690, from 4,061, and motor vehicle thefts to 352, from 430.
The crime statistics do not include arsons. But Harford fared well in that area, too, as 1991 arson numbers dipped to 46, from 63 last year.