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Pr. George's crime continues dropping

Crime in Prince George's County continued its steady decline in the first half of 2010, falling in every major category for an overall deccrease of 6.3 percent compared to the same period last year, authorities announced Wednesday.

Propelled by double-digit percentage point drops in robberies, rapes and homicides, violent crime fell by 11.7 percent, authorities said. Property crime, which includes burglary, theft and stolen vehicles, fell by a smaller margin -- only 5.3 percent -- but authorities highlighted it as significant nonetheless.

Prince George’s Police Chief Roberto Hylton attributed the drop to his efforts to connect with the community, and he dismissed the notion that the decline is unsustainable or some sort of fluke. At the beginning of this year, police in Prince George’s boasted that crime had hit the lowest rate since at least 1975, the last year for which comparable figures are available in Prince George’s.

“Only through true partnership, that’s the reason violent crime is down, property crime is down, on top of a 35-year low,” Hylton said.

Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson highlighted police initiatives targeting violent apartment complexes and nightclubs and an effort to cut down on burglaries by cracking down on pawn shops as reasons for the drop.

To be sure, Prince George’s is still one of the most violent D.C. suburbs. Forty three people were killed in the first half of this year, compared to 50 for the same period last year. There were 966 robberies and 1,418 assaults, compared to 1,182 robberies and 1,516 assaults for the same period last year.

Hylton acknowledged police have work to do, but said the effort now should shift to targeting repeat offenders, who he said are responsible for much of the crime in the county.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Washington Post editors  |  July 29, 2010; 1:13 PM ET
Categories:  Crime Statistics , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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Comments

What, did they close the doughnut shops?

Posted by: krickey7 | July 29, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Washington Post for showing your true colors by the next to the last paragraph. But lately I have been noticing a lot of shootings, bank robberies etc in Montgomery County.... Never can give credit where credit is due.

Posted by: FedUpofBS | July 29, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

One would never know crime in the County has dropped judging from the slanted Post reporting and the author's snipe in the last paragraph.

In fairness, most of the crime in PG County occurs in the section known as "DC's toilet" - the areas adjacent to SE DC to which DC's refuse has been pushed by gentrification. Not to mention the crime committed by DC trash that blows over on the Metro to areas like the Blvd at Cap Center.

Posted by: ceefer66 | July 29, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Crime has not dropped in PG County. The reason the Chief can say this is because a lot of the major crimes has been renamed. Someone should ask him about this. Also, he said it is repeat offenders that are causing crime to rise. Well we can blame that on the courts. Lets just slap them on the wrist and send them back on the streets. Until something is done about the court system, crime will continue to rise because the courts won't take the thugs off the streets.

Posted by: becky3789 | July 30, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

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