Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger announced today that the crime statistics for the first quarter of 2011 showed a 4.6% decrease in total reported crime within Montgomery County. Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics for the first quarter of 2011 as compared to the same period of 2010 indicate: # # #
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• Part I Crime decreased 6.6% (from 4,563 to 4,260).
• Part II Crime decreased 3.6% (from 9,055 to 8,727).
• Overall total crime (Part I and Part II totals) decreased 4.6% (from 13,618 to 12,987).
Part I Crimes decreased by 6.6%:
• Murder: increased by 25.0% (from 4 to 5)
• Rape: increased by 54.2% (from 24 to 37)
• Robbery: decreased by 20.0% (from 210 to 168)
• Aggravated Assault: decreased by 21.4% (from 168 to 132)
• Burglary: increased by 8.8% (from 657 to 715)
• Larceny: decreased by 8.9% (from 3,209 to 2,925)
• Auto Theft: decreased by 4.5% (from 291 to 278)
Part II crime decreased by 3.6%:
Part II crimes are defined as minor assaults, arson, forgery-counterfeiting, bad checks, embezzlement, stolen property, vandalism, weapons offenses, prostitution, sex offenses, controlled dangerous substance (CDS) violations, gambling, family offenses, juvenile offenses, liquor law violations, disorderly conduct, suicide, and non-traffic offenses.
The significant increases in Part I crimes were in the categories of Murder and Rape. Murder increased by one from four reports to five reports. In three of the five Murders, there was a known victim-suspect relationship; all five Murder reports have been closed by detectives. Rape increased by 13 from 24 reports to 37 reports. Of the 37 Rape reports, 28 reports involved a known victim-suspect relationship. There was a significant decrease in Aggravated Assault (21.4%) and Robbery (20.0%). Though a decrease in both Part I and Part II crimes was seen in January (6.7%) and March (15.7), an increase was seen in February (16.1%).
Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said, “Montgomery County continues to enjoy a decrease in crime. We are fortunate to live in a community where the residents trust the police department and communicate effectively with department members. This helps us to do our job.”
Note: A copy of these crimes statistics, as well as those from previous years, are available on the Montgomery County Police website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/police. Once at the main police website, go to the Media Services webpage and then to the Crime Stats link. A written copy of these statistics may also be obtained at the Montgomery County Police Headquarters Media Services Division located at 2350 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20850.