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Maryland Crime Statistics

This page contains crime rates for Maryland. You can look through the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime data over time, and see how Maryland compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records information for Maryland, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 2,453,533 total crimes reported in Maryland (390,857 of them violent). Of the 245,353 crimes that take place per year in Maryland, close to 50% transpire less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Maryland every 2 minutes. This includes 5,044 murders, 13,337 rapes, and just about two million thefts (including 310,646 car thefts).

Crime Trends

In the course of the most recent 10 years, crime data were available in Maryland for all 10 years. Throughout that period, reported crime in Maryland has been reduced by 9%. Throughout the same period of time, violent crime improved by 9%. By and large, the crime data indicate a general improvement in crime over the last 10 years in Maryland. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to two hundred and twenty-six thousand for Maryland in 2009.

Crime Trends in Maryland (1999-2008)

Please take note that these graphs show reported crime rates and some sudden changes in crime data are the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in states like Maryland (1999-2008)

You are discouraged against over-analyzing ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or disparities in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual table bars to see crime rates in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Maryland law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Maryland conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.