In 2014 Annapolis’ historic crime reduction continues. Overall crime decreased six percent in Annapolis in 2014. Property crime decreased by 10% compared to 2013, but violent crime increased by 17% when compared to a record-setting low in 2013.
The Annapolis Police Department follows the reporting rules established by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR). The crimes reported are classified as Part One Crime, they include: homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.
Annapolis saw a significant decrease in overall crime in 2014; however, some violent crimes increased. Homicides were down 75% and rapes down 43%. Robberies increased by six percent or a total of four incidents. This was accounted as 12 more robberies reported in the first six months of 2014 compared to the first six months of 2013. There were 25 robberies in the first half of 2014 compared to 32 in the same period of 2013. Police efforts led to a decrease in robberies in the second half of 2014.
There was a 24% increase in aggravated assaults, or an additional 30 incidents in 2014. The increase is partly attributed to 21 additional domestic violence incidents.
Property crime decreased by 10% in 2014. Although burglaries increased by seven reported incidents, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts both decreased by more than 10%. Larcenies also decreased from 821 incidents in 2013 to 715 in 2014.
“The men and women of the Annapolis Police Department continue to work hard to make Annapolis safe for everybody,” Chief Michael Pristoop said. “Through dedication and hard work we reduced crime by 49% compared to 2007 and ended the year with the lowest total crime since we began reporting to the FBI in 1975. Although violent crime increased this year, levels remain low compared to most previous years,” said Chief Pristoop. “We look forward to working with our community partners to make our city safer and increase our community involvement.”
“Our business owners and residents deserve to feel safe all hours of the day and night, anywhere in the City of Annapolis,” Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides said. “I am proud of our police department’s commitment to crime prevention. Under the direction of Chief Pristoop, numerous programs are encouraging public input, including the Neighborhood Watch Program and the Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET). These are both testaments to the fact, that if we work together, we can make a difference and create a better and safer city.”