Baltimore recorded 14 homicides last month -- a substantial drop in killings from the previous month and the fewest people slain in August since 1979, when 12 were killed.
Police officials yesterday attributed the dip last month to increased patrols and redeployment of officers into high-crime areas, and to undercover drug operations.
The announcement of last month's total comes as the city approaches another benchmark.
When he took office, Mayor Martin O'Malley pledged to reduce the city's homicide total to 175 or fewer by the end of this year. Through yesterday, 171 homicides had occurred in Baltimore this year, compared with 165 over the same period last year.