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What are Crime Rates in Maryland?

Violent crime in Maryland is well above the national average, while property crime falls slightly below.

In 2011, there were 494.1 incidents of violent crime per 100,000 people, compared to an average of 386.3 incidents per 100,000 nationwide. Violent crime includes murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Maryland’s property crime rate was 2,860.2 per 100,000, compared to a national average of 2,908.7. Property crime includes burglary, larceny/theft and motor vehicle theft.

Despite the high rate of violent crime, crime in Maryland decreased from 2010 to 2011. In fact, incidents of every major crime decreased:

  • The number of murders declined by 6.6 percent, from 426 to 398.
  • Incidents of rape declined 2.8 percent.
  • There were 6.4 percent fewer robberies.
  • Aggravated assaults declined an impressive 10.8 percent.
  • Burglaries declined 2.5 percent.

Crime in Maryland Cities and Towns

State data tells only part of the story. The chart below shows the incidents of major crimes in some of Maryland’s most populous cities and towns. (***Note that FBI crime data was not available for many large Maryland cities and towns, including Columbia, Silver Spring, Dundalk, Wheaton, Ellicott City, Germantown and Bethesda.)

City Population Murder Forcible Rape Robbery Burglary
Baltimore 626,848 196 341 3,457 8,615
Frederick 65,858 2 19 96 235
Bowie 55,246 0 2 45 185
Hagerstown 40,038 1 2 76 382
Annapolis 38,758 1 8 71 186

For data on other cities and town in Maryland, use this UCR link.

Benefits of a Home Security System

Not sure if you need a home security system? Here are a few of the many benefits to purchasing one.

  • Peace of mind - You will rest easier knowing that your family is safe and your valuables are protected. Reputable studies have shown that alarms drastically decrease the likelihood of a break-in.
  • Insurance discounts - Most insurance companies offer discounts of 15 percent to 20 percent off your homeowner’s policy if you have a security system.
  • Life safety - The vast majority of home security systems also offer fire and carbon monoxide protection.
  • Advanced features - Modern home security systems do far more than ward off burglars. Use them to keep an eye on your kids while you’re away, or to turn the lights on and off while you’re on vacation.

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