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The Baltimore County Police Department has completed the year end crime report for 2018. The Department’s efforts in working with citizens, County agencies, and law enforcement partners has once again yielded an overall decrease in crime. In comparison of 2018 to 2017, Part I violent crimes decreased by 4.5%, Part I property crimes decreased by 8.6%, and total crime decreased by 4.5%.

Partially due to a legislative change in Maryland’s definition of Rape that became effective on October 1, 2017, Baltimore County saw an increase of 7.1% in the number of reported Rapes in 2018.

According to Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan, “a reduction in crime is a direct result of a positive relationship with our community and the hard work performed every day by the men and women of the Police Department.”

“Driving crime down is an important way we strengthen our communities. In Baltimore County, we once again saw an overall reduction in crime, including a 4.5% decrease in violent crime,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “I commend our police department for working alongside committed community members to continue driving down crime, ensuring Baltimore County remains a great and safe place to live, work, and play.”

Baltimore County Police have completed the Uniform Crime Reporting numbers for the first six months of 2018. In comparison to the first six months of 2017, Part I violent crime is down 6.9% in Baltimore County. As categorized by the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Part I Violent Crime is defined as homicide, non-negligent manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault, and human trafficking. The downward trend continues with an 8.5% reduction of total Part I crime and a drop of 7.7% in total crime in the County for this time period.

According to Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan, “the men and woman of this Department strive every day to do their best to keep Baltimore County safe. It is vital that we team with our partners in local, state and federal government to provide an exemplary police service to our citizens. We have and will continue to work with Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office to ensure that we are not just closing cases, but assisting in successful prosecutions of these crimes.”

“I am pleased to join Chief Sheridan in announcing that crime is down in Baltimore County in the first six months of 2018 compared to 2017,” said Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger. “I am particularly pleased to see a 6.9% drop in violent crime. Thank you to my office’s partner in law enforcement – the Baltimore County Police Department. The Department brings my office quality cases, which allows us to seek lengthy sentences. Lengthy sentences mean that a criminal is off the streets and cannot re-offend. My office will continue to fight hard for public safety.”

Revised June 27, 2017