Total Violent Crime
Total Violent Crime Change Since 2006
Violent Crime Total: 1975 to 2012
Homicide and Rape: 1975 to 2012
Robbery and Aggravated Assault: 1975 to 2012
In-State Renewable Energy Generating Capacity (Actual and Projected)
Are We Meeting Our Goals?
There is no such thing as a spare Marylander. That’s why when the O’Malley-Brown Administration took office in 2007 we set a goal of driving down violent crime 20 percent by the end of 2012. Together with the hardworking men and women of Maryland’s law enforcement, we met this goal in 2011 and exceeded it again in 2012. In total, we’ve driven down violent crime 26 percent in seven years.
Last year, the O’Malley-Brown Administration set a new goal to drive down violent crime an additional 20 percent by the end of 2018.
StateStat measures progress towards this goal by analyzing crime data from the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Reports. The FBI defines violent crime as the sum of reported "... murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault." Finalized UCR data for 2013 will be available in mid-2014, at which point we will be able to evaluate our progress towards this goal through the end of that year.
Actions Taken Towards Goal
- Last year, Governor O’Malley proposed and signed the Firearm Safety Act of 2013. The Act requires licensing for handgun purchase, bans 45 types of assault weapons and certain copycats, limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds, creates safeguards to keep guns away from the mentally ill, creates a new Center for School Safety and much more. The Act took effect on October 1st.
- StateStat and Governor O’Malley created Re-Entry Stat in 2012 to drive down recidivism in Maryland. StateStat holds quarterly Re-Entry Stats with eight state agencies, local officials and staff from the Governor’s office to discuss strategies to driving down recidivism. These quarterly meetings on re-entry focus on all aspects of returning citizens' lives -- including employment, housing, skills, mental health, and benefits programs -- and encourage collaboration of state and local efforts.
- In 2013, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) began providing StateStat with regular case reviews for all supervisees under parole and probation who are involved with homicides and non-fatal shootings. This procedure has helped DPSCS review how it responds to supervisee non-compliance and ensures that the agency is keeping a close eye on offenders under its care.
- Working with the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), DPSCS instituted the Released Inmate Identification (RIID) program in October 2008 to provide inmates with state-issued ID cards. By providing inmates with ID, inmates are better prepared to find employment upon release, which in turn reduces the likelihood that they will be re-arrested.
- In 2008 DPSCS launched the Public Safety Dashboard consolidating approximately 100 different databases from 12 state agencies into a single platform to provide accurate and timely information to law enforcement. Today, the Dashboard is used by over 19,000 eligible people at more than 260 criminal justice agencies throughout the state reducing the time required to find criminal and background information from hours to minutes.
- In 2007, the O’Malley-Brown Administration launched the Violence Prevention Initiative to identify and track the State’s most violent offenders. Dedicated VPI agents have low caseloads, make frequent contacts with offenders, and have a low-tolerance for even minor infractions. From July 2008 to December 2013, VPI offenders have a re-arrest rate of less than 14 percent.
- When the O’Malley-Brown Administration took office in 2007 the State faced a backlog of over 24,000 DNA samples. Working together, StateStat, DPSCS and MSP closed the backlog in January 2008. To date, we have made 2,800 hits and 229 arrests using DNA evidence.
- The O’Malley-Brown Administration and DPSCS have opened significant lines of communication between its partners in Washington D.C., Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York, allowing agencies to share information about criminals who cross State borders. Today, DPSCS receives daily notifications from these states (and D.C.) when any of the offenders under its supervision are arrested in another jurisdiction.
- Working with StateStat, Maryland Correctional Enterprises (MCE) has expanded inmate employment to a consistent average of about 2,000 inmates per month. MCE provides inmates with job skills training and has been shown to significantly reduce inmate recidivism. Click here for more information.
- Please read the 2013 update to our delivery plan to continue to drive down violent crime through 2018.
How Can I Get Involved?
- To report a crime in progress, call 911.
- Dive more deeply into the data at our Open Data portal.
- Read our biweekly reports on crime in Maryland.
- All of our data are publicly available. Feel free to explore the graphs and data below. Leave comments in any one of the graphs below using the "Discuss" feature.
- Use the Socrata Open Data API (SODA) to build applications with Maryland's data.
- See our goal on violent crime against women and children: to drive down female and juvenile homicides 25% by the end of 2012.
- To get help for domestic violence quickly, free, and confidentially, contact The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) or The House of Ruth.
- To learn more about the Governor's strategies to reduce violent crime, visit The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP).
- To see the source data used to make the graphs on this page, check out The Maryland Statistical Analysis Center (MSAC)'s crime statistics.
- For block by block crime reports for the entire state, visit crimereports.com.