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FBI: Decrease in violent crimes in Maryland and U.S. overall

Some people are surprised to hear the results of the FBI’s report on crime in the United States. A list of 2010 crimes from various cities and states was compiled and compared to the same list from 2009. Due to the continuing recession, many believe that it would be only natural for crime rates to have increased. Research shows the public something different.

The Washington Times shares the results of the FBI report, indicating that compared to 2009, there has been a decrease in various types of crime throughout the U.S., including Maryland. Crimes of violence in Maryland and the U.S. have specifically decreased, though there is one exception here in the state.

According to the numbers, the U.S. has seen the following changes in violent crimes:

  • 4.2 percent decrease in murder
  • 5 percent decrease in forcible rape
  • 4.1 percent decrease in aggravated assault
  • 10 percent decrease in robbery

A decrease in the above-mentioned violent offenses occurred in Maryland, as well, except for one of the types of crimes. The FBI report shows that forcible rape has not slowed down in the state. In fact, sources claim that the rate of forcible rape increased by more than 6 percent in the past year.

Maryland officials suggest that the rate is less of an indication that more rapes are occurring; rather, it’s a reflection of more aggressive law enforcement strategies that have taken effect in the past year related to sex crimes. Such upped enforcement apparently has put more suspects in the position of having to defend their futures from the serious legal ramifications of sex crime allegations.

When faced with any violent crime charge, a conviction could mean fines, jail time and a criminal record that could lead to difficulties finding employment in an already tough economy. Such a charge shouldn’t be taken lightly and deserves vigilant legal defense.

Source

The Washington Times: “Murders, rapes, assaults and robberies continue to drop nationally,” Chuck Neubauer, Sep. 19, 2011

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