Crime reduction noted by police

Report's data is from first half of the year

September 08, 2006|By Melissa Harris | Melissa Harris,sun reporter

Overall crime in Howard County decreased during the first half of the year, compared with the same period last year, in part because of a drop in thefts to a level below the county's five-year average, according to the midyear crime report released Wednesday.

Property crimes were down to 3,377 from 3,450, police said. The category includes motor vehicle thefts and burglaries, which were up, and other thefts, which fell to 2,406 from 2,584.

The number of violent crimes, a category that includes homicides, rapes, robberies and assaults, increased to 321 from 297. There were two homicides during the six-month period.

The county's violent crime rate - 117 incidents per 100,000 residents - remains well below the state average of 351 incidents per 100,000 residents during the first half of 2005, the most recent period for which statewide data is available.

Meanwhile, calls to police for service in Howard County rose to 60,817 from 56,728, a 7 percent increase.

Howard County police release crime statistics every quarter and stress that they reflect only reported crimes and capture too short of a period to identify trends.

"Our crime rates are low enough that a single person or small group of criminals could give the appearance of a spike," said police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.