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