Crime up slightly in county


November 23, 2005|By MELISSA HARRIS

Crime in Howard County increased slightly during the first nine months of this year, compared with the same period last year, according to the quarterly crime report released this week.

The number of violent crimes - homicides, robberies, rapes and aggravated assaults - rose by 14, to 451, while property crimes, such as thefts and burglaries, rose by 339, to 5,394.

Police stressed, however, that the crime statistics reflect only reported crimes and that small changes in such a short period should not be considered trends.

Adult arrests fell 6 percent, to 3,688, while juvenile arrests increased 3 percent, to 1,512, buoyed by a rise in arrests of juveniles suspected of stealing.

Crime in two categories - motor vehicle theft and aggravated assault - fell during the first nine months, compared with the same period last year. There were two homicides.

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