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Howard County, Maryland Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 2004 and 2008 there were 40,169 total crimes reported in Howard County, Maryland (3,114 of them violent). Of the 8,034 crimes that take place per year in Howard County, close to 50% transpire less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Howard County, Maryland 23 times per day. This includes 18 murders, 196 rapes, and at least thirty thousand thefts (including 2,799 car thefts).

Total Crime in Howard County, Maryland (2004-2008)

Please note that these figures do not include crime statistics for 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 or 2003, as there were no data available for those years.

Crime Trends

In the course of the most recent 10 years, crime data were available in Howard County, Maryland for 5 years. Throughout that period, reported crime in Howard County has risen by 16%. Throughout that same period of time, violent crime climbed by 14%. By and large, the crime data indicate a general rise in crime over the last 5 years in Howard County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit just about nine thousand for Howard County, Maryland in 2009.

Crime Trends in Howard County, Maryland (2004-2008)

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 counties like Howard County, Maryland (2004-2008)

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

Howard County, Maryland law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Howard County 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.