Despite an increase in 2012, the crime rate in the city of Annapolis is still at its lowest point since the mid-1970s, according to information released by the Annapolis Police Department on Tuesday.
Some highlights from 2012 data:
- Violent crime—includes homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault—was almost identical to 2011, measured by one additional crime
- Robberies declined 24 percent
- Property crime—includes burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft increased 1 percent
- Burglary and larceny were down 1 percent
- Motor vehicle theft increased 17 percent (Note: An increase in motor scooter thefts during the summer led to this increase)
There were two homicides (one in June 2012 and one in December 2012) compared to one homicide in 2011. The city has already seen its first homicide for this year: In January, police arrested two men in connection with the fatal shooting of Howard Durley in the 1900 block of Copeland Street.