[July 9, 2014, Bel Air, MD] A review of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office crime data from the first six months of 2014 shows a total 12% decrease of Part 1 Crimes as compared to the same time period in 2013.
Of the eight categories which comprise Part 1 Crimes (Murder/Manslaughter, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson), seven categories showed decreases. Most notable are the 26% decrease in burglaries, 26% decrease in robberies and a 52% reduction in rapes. Only one category (Arson) had an increase that accounted for a total of 4 additional incidents.
During the past several years, Harford County has enjoyed historically low crime rates. Even as the surrounding jurisdictions have continued to have higher rates, Harford County has sustained and is the 3rd safest county in MD, according to the 2012 Uniform Crime Report. In 2010, the crime rate was at 2,173.8 per 100,000 people as compared to only 1,899.8 per 100,000 people in 2012.
Sheriff Bane shared his thoughts on the recent success, “While crime cannot be extinguished 100%, and pockets of our communities are still struggling with violent crime, the data supports what many of us already knew, Harford County is a safe place to live, work, and raise families. I am proud of the dedication the men and women of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office show every day. These numbers do not indicate that we have solved all the problems, but rather, we are on the right path. We will continue to work diligently to further build upon the successes we have achieved.”