Police: Serious crime in Anne Arundel dropped by 8.7 percent in 2011

Department credits crime-fighting strategies

May 04, 2012|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

Serious crime dipped by 8.7 percent last year in Anne Arundel County, police said, as they attributed the drop to the department's crime-fighting strategies.

With the exception of homicides — there were 14 people killed in 2011, compared to 13 in 2010 — violent crimes dropped by 7.7 percent. Serious property crimes fell by 8.9 percent last year, police said. In 2010, major violent crimes were up by one percent, and an overall 7 percent reduction that year in serious crime was fueled by sharp drops in property crimes. This is at least the third consecutive year in which serious crimes, known as Part One crimes for the FBI reporting category, were down, police said. Statistics for 2011 on the less serious crimes were not yet compiled.

Police credited the 2011 reduction in serious crime to a number of crime-fighting efforts, including an emphasis on repeat offenders, the use of quick analysis of reported crimes to target enforcement where it's most immediately needed and the dedication of officers.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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