POSTED February 6, 2014
For the third consecutive year, violent crime in Baltimore is on the decline. In 2008, Baltimore made history by reducing city homicides
to the lowest rate in 20 years. We sustained that progress in 2009 and the BPD, along with our law enforcement and community partners, have made further progress in 2010 by making Baltimore even safer. As of today, overall violent crime is down 5%.
Compared to the same time period in 2007, there has been a 38% reduction in homicides and a 55% reduction in shootings as of April 2010. Over the last two years (from 2007 to end of 2009) we've reduced homicides by 16% and shootings by 31%. So far this year, homicides are down another 25% and shootings are down an additional 12%.
We've also focused on reducing juvenile violence with our partners. Last year, we reduced juvenile homicides by 45%. And, during the first 4 months of this year, juvenile homicides are down another 55% from last year. (4 in 2010 compared to 9 in 2009)
We still have a lot of work to do, but we are making progress building strong relationships with the community, focusing our efforts on violent offenders and getting illegal guns off the streets. We are arresting the right people (arrests are down 7% compared to last year) and working closely with the U.S. Attorney's Office and Baltimore States Attorney's Office to ensure that the people we lock up for gun crimes are going to jail and staying there.