Overall drop in crime noted in 1992 BALTIMORE COUNTY

March 03, 1993|By Staff Report

While Baltimore County established a record for murders in 1992, the number of less serious crimes actually decreased by 4.8 percent, according to a report released yesterday.

The annual crime statistics from county police and showed that violent crime continued to rise: there were more rapes, robberies and murders in 1992 than in 1991.

Murder led the way. Forty-four people were killed in the county, compared to 25 the year before, an increase of 76 percent. The county has averaged around 30 murders per year over the last decade.

"If you look at homicides over the last 10 years, there's no pattern," said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokesman. "It's up and down. So we're hoping [1992] is an aberration."

Homicide detectives made arrests in 33 of the 1992 murder cases, a 75 percent clearance rate, Sergeant Doarnberger said. The number of rapes reported to police increased by 9 percent to 295 in 1992. Police said robberies were up to 2,293, an increase of 7 percent.

Overall, crime decreased in the county by 1.63 percent last year. There were fewer burglaries, auto thefts, arsons and assaults.

In 1992, there were 83,640 crimes reported to county police, down from 85,025 in 1991. Serious crimes increased by 11 percent, from 46,021 to 46,518, while lesser crimes decreased from 39,004 to 37,122.

MURDER LEADS INCREASE IN VIOLENT CRIMES

Violent crime in Baltimore County for 1992 rose 1.08 percent overall, although murders soared 76 percent, from 25 in 1991 to 44 in 1992. Violent crime includes rape, robbery, murder and aggravated assault.

Precinct.. .. .. .. .. ..Total.. .. .. .. .. ..% change

Wilkens.. .. .. .. .. .. .843.. .. .. .. .. .. ...-0.03

Woodlawn.. .. .. .. .. .1,211.. .. .. .. .. .. ...-2.30

Garrison.. .. .. .. .. .1,079.. .. .. .. .. .. ...-1.40

Cockeysville.. .. .. .. ..350.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .0.60

Towson.. .. .. .. .. .. ..675.. .. .. .. .. .. ...-2.50

Parkville.. .. .. .. .. ..378.. .. .. .. .. .. ...-2.10

White Marsh.. .. .. .. ...517.. .. .. .. .. .. ...-6.50

Essex.. .. .. .. .. .. .1,375.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .0.40

North Point.. .. .. .. .1,133.. .. .. .. .. .. ...14.40

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