Despite overall decrease in 2013, area led county in reported crimes
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:42

Homicides fell 25.6 percent over previous five-year average

 by Bill Gates

    Baltimore County experienced a drop in violent crimes and total crimes in 2013 as compared to the average of the previous five years, according to statistics released by the Baltimore County Police Department.
    Precinct 12, which covers Dundalk, Edgemere and Fort Howard, also saw an overall drop in crime, but still led the county in number of reported crimes.
    “These statistics are a testament to the quality of our police personnel and the soundness of our law enforcement strategies,” Baltimore County Chief of Police James Johnson said in a statement. “which involves identifying trends, understanding why trends occur and directing resources to the problem.”
    Total crime in Baltimore County fell by 5.2 percent as compared to the average of the previous five years, while violent crimes dropped by 5.5 percent.

There were seven fewer murders (20)  in Baltimore County — a 26.5 percent drop — in 2013 as compared to the previous five-year average.
    It was the fewest homicides in the county since 2010, when there were also 20 homicides.
    There were 30 murders in Baltimore County in 2008, 31 in 2009 and 30 in 2011.
    There was one murder in Precinct 12 in 2013. The previous five-year average was three, and there were two homicides in 2012.
    There was a 13.3 percent drop in rapes, from the five-year average of 143 to 124.
    That number of rapes is lower than any single year of the previous five years.
    Precinct 12 saw only a slight decrease, from a five-year average of 20 to 19 reported rapes in 2013. There were 23 rapes reported in 2012.
    Aggravated assaults in Precinct 12 fell nearly 13 percent, from 462 to 404, but robberies increased from 190 to 202 (6.3 percent).
    There were 429 aggravated assaults and 187 robberies in this area in 2012.
    Total violent crime in Dundalk-Edgemere dropped 7.3 percent, from 675 to 626.
    That was the fourth-biggest drop in violent crimes among the 12 Baltimore County precincts.
    Dundalk-Edgemere still had the second-most reported violent crimes in the county in 2013, trailing only Precinct 2 (Woodlawn) 702-626.
    And, while crime in the area dropped in every category other than theft and the aforementioned robbery, Precinct 12 still had the most total reported crimes in the county.
    Thefts in Dundalk-Edgemere increased 4.4 percent, from 2,514 to 2,624.
    There were 3,965 total Part I crimes in Precinct 12 in 2013, down from the previous five-year average of 4,052.
    Precinct 9 (White Marsh) had the second-most Part I crimes in 2013, 3,419, while Precinct 2 had 3,152 and Precinct 6 (Towson) had 3,068.
    Precinct 11 (Essex) had 2,995 reported crimes in 2013, a nearly 11 percent drop from its previous five-year average of 3,354.
    (Part I crimes are violent and property crimes. Part II crimes include simple assault, loitering, embezzlement, forgery and counterfeiting, disorderly conduct, drug offenses, driving under the influence, fraud, prostitution, vandalism and weapons offenses.)
    Precinct 12 experienced a nearly eight percent drop in Part II crimes, to 5,057 from the five-year average of 5,482.
    County-wide, Part II crimes dropped an average of five percent (from 34,223 to 32,495).
    Dundalk-Edgemere also led the county in Part II crimes. Essex had the second-most with 4,444.
    Combining Part I and Part II crimes, Dundalk saw a total drop of 5.4 percent (from the previous five-year average of 9,534 to 9,022).
    Essex, with the second-highest number of reported crimes, dropped 10.3 percent from 8,289 to 7,439 in 2013.
    Precinct 12 did see the second-highest drop in motor vehicle thefts, from 263 to 170 (a 35.4 percent decrease).
    Precinct 7 (Cockeysville) had its motor vehicle thefts fall from 91 to 52, a 43 percent decrease.
    Overall, Part I property crimes (burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson) dropped 5.2 percent in Baltimore County, from 24,949 to 23,643.
    Dundalk-Edgemere experienced a negligible decrease in Part I property crimes, from 3,377 to 3,339.
    In only one area did Baltimore County see an increase in crime: robberies went from the previous five-year average of 1,470 to 1,510 (2.7 percent).
    After homicides and rapes, the biggest drops were in motor vehicle thefts (30.2 percent) and arson (23.2 percent).
    The number of motor vehicle thefts in the county has decreased every year since 2008, when there were 2,878.
    The number of burglaries (3,930) in 2013 was lower than any of the previous five years, as was the number of aggravated assaults (2,530) and arsons (199).
    “The Baltimore County Police Department has continued to drive down crime with the use of technology, partnerships with the community and old-fashioned police work,” Chief Johnson said.
    The total number of violent crimes (4,184), while lower than the average of the previous five years, is slightly higher than it was in 2012 (4,146).
    Crime statistics are compiled in accordance with the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR). According to the Baltimore County Police, the final data has been certified as accurate under the UCR system.