Arrests up by 10%, Annapolis police say

March 12, 1996|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

Annapolis police locked up more criminal suspects than ever last year as overall crime in the city increased by 3 percent, but the number of violent crimes fell slightly, the city Police Department said yesterday as it released its 1995 crime statistics.

The increase was fueled mostly by a jump in the number of burglaries and larcenies, said Capt. John W. Wright, a city police spokesman. But the number of violent crimes -- defined as murders, rapes, assaults and robberies -- dropped, he said.

Meanwhile, arrests increased by 10 percent from 2,755 in 1994 to 3,036 in 1995, he said.

"There's always going to be crime," Captain Wright said. "And our crime has gone up just as it has in other jurisdictions throughout the state of Maryland. But [the numbers] show that our officers are doing an aggressive job out there."

The rise in crime was driven primarily by a 3 percent jump in burglary cases, from 494 in 1994 to 511 last year, and a 5 percent jump in larceny cases, from 1,742 cases to 1,826 cases, police said.

"We know that theft is the major crime we deal with in this area," Captain Wright said. "In a community of this size, of those 3,000 cases, about 2,000 of them are thefts, and about half of those 2,000 are thefts targeted at cars and car parts." It is the second consecutive year that thefts from autos have been a primary contributor to the increase in the overall crime rate, he said.

The department plans to offer a program on crime prevention, he said. In all other categories, the numbers for last year decreased from 1994, police said. Homicides fell from four cases in 1994 to two; rape from 19 to 18 cases; robberies from 178 cases to 177; aggravated assaults from 247 to 241; and motor vehicle thefts from 142 to 136.

The overall rate of crimes solved fell by 5 percent last year. Calls for police service remained about the same at 37,587 calls.

Pub Date: 3/12/96

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