Homi­cides, other crimes de­cline in Bal­ti­more

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS - — Bal­ti­more Sun staff

Nine months into the year, crime in Bal­ti­more has fallen in nearly every cat­e­gory.

Homi­cides are down 15 per­cent. There were 215 peo­ple killed in the city as of Sept. 22, com­pared to 254 at the same point last year, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est city data. At least seven more peo­ple have been killed in sub­se­quent shoot­ings in the city in the past week.

Other crimes that have seen dou­ble-digit per­cent­age de­clines in­clude rape (down 13 per­cent), bur­glary (26 per­cent), ve­hi­cle theft (12 per­cent) and ar­son (57 per­cent).

There also have been fewer rob­beries, with 3,650 re­ported so far this year, com­pared to 4,403 at this point last year, a de­crease of 17 per­cent. Those in­clude car­jack­ings (down 22 per­cent), com­mer­cial rob­beries (down 26 per­cent), res­i­den­tial rob­beries (down 16 per­cent) and street rob­beries (down 17 per­cent).

How­ever, peo­ple are rob­bing banks and gas sta­tions more of­ten, ac­cord­ing to the data.

There have been 34 bank rob­beries so far this year, a nearly 90 per­cent in­crease over the 18 that were re­ported at this time last year. Eight of the bank rob­beries have taken place in the cen­tral dis­trict, which in­cludes down­town. There also have been eight bank rob­beries in the north­east dis­trict and seven in the south­east dis­trict. Gas sta­tion rob­beries are up 21 per­cent.

As over­all vi­o­lent crime has fallen 13 per­cent, to­tal ar­rests have dropped 12 per­cent. There have been 16,079 ar­rests so far this year, com­pared with 18,325 ar­rests at this time last year.

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