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Annapolis Sees Lowest Amount of Crime in 32 Years

New figures released by the Annapolis Police Department show 2011 had some of the city's lowest crime rates in decades.

officials said the city saw the lowest crime rates in 32 years last year, including only .

Overall crime was reduced 9 percent compared to 2010, according to a press release.

The department follows the reporting rules established by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the uniform crime reports. The crimes reported are classified as "part one crimes" and include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft, according to the release.

Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop said in the release that strong community involvement and other partnerships—particularly the Capital City Safe-Streets program—played big roles in lowering the rate.

“We're very proud that crime is dramatically reduced in Annapolis and while the numbers say a lot, the best expression of a safer city comes from the residents and visitors,” Pristoop said in the release.

Mayor Josh Cohen said residents have a “right to feel safe in our homes and in our neighborhoods.”

“I applaud each member of the police department for their untiring effort to bolster public safety,” he said in the release. “These historically low crime rates are a testament both to the power of community partnerships and to good old-fashioned policing.”

Total Part One Crimes

2010

2011

Percent change

Homicide

4

1

-75

Rape

7

8

+13

Robbery

91

70

- 23

Aggravated assault

124

97

-22

Total violent crime

226

176

-22

Burglary

197

186

-6

Larceny

800

779

-3

Vehicle thefts

104

69

-33

Total property crime

1,101

1,034

-6

TOTAL

1,327

1,210

-9

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