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Annapolis Crime at Historic Low for 2011

In 2009 the Annapolis Police Department reported an unprecedented reduction in crime which was followed by a slight increase in 2010, driven primarily by thefts. Now the City of Annapolis has achieved another historic low.

The Annapolis Police Department follows the reporting rules established by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR). The crimes reported are classified as Part One Crimes and encompass the following: homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.

In 2011 overall crime was reduced by 9% compared to 2010. Violent crime which includes homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault decreased 22%. Last year Annapolis experienced one homicide which is the lowest number since 1998. Robberies and aggravated assaults declined 23% and 22% respectively. Property crime which includes burglary, larceny and motor vehicle thefts reduced 6%. Burglary was down 6% while larcenies dropped by 3%. The biggest drop in property crime was motor vehicle theft which reduced by 33%.

Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop acknowledges the tremendous effort of the members of the Annapolis Police Department to accomplish this 32 year low in crime.  He credits the combination of proven intelligence-led problem solving strategies, strong community involvement, and other partnerships particularly the Capital City Safe-Streets program. 

Capital City Safe-Streets is supported by Speaker Michael Busch, Governor Martin O’Malley, and the Anne Arundel County Delegation.

“We're very proud that crime is dramatically reduced in Annapolis and while the numbers say a lot the best expression of a safer city comes from the residents and visitors,” said Chief Michael Pristoop. “I'm happy that this seems to be community's sentiment and message.” 

“Annapolitans have a right to feel safe in our homes and in our neighborhoods,” Mayor Cohen said.  “I applaud each member of the police department for their untiring effort to bolster public safety.  These historically low crime rates are a testament both to the power of community partnerships and to good old-fashioned policing.”