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Crime in Maryland

This article refers to crime in the state of Maryland.


  • State statistics 1
  • By location 2
    • Baltimore 2.1
  • Policing 3
    • Police ratio 3.1
  • Capital punishment laws 4
  • References 5

State statistics

In 2008 there were 233,558 crimes reported in Maryland, including 493 murders.[1]

By location


Baltimore reported 223 homicides in 2010. The number of all violent crimes for the city have declined from 21,799 in 1993 to 9,316 in 2010. Even with stark population decline taken into account—Baltimore went from 732,968 residents in 1993 to 620,961 in 2010—the drop in violent crime was significant, falling from 3.0 incidents per 100 residents to 1.6 incidents per 100 residents.[2]

Baltimore's level of violent crime remains higher than the national average. In 2009, a total of 1,318,398 violent crimes were reported nationwide across the United States, equivalent to a rate of 0.4 incidents per 100 people.[3]

In 2011, Baltimore police reported 196 homicides, the lowest number of slayings in the city since a count of 197 homicides in 1978 and far lower than the peak homicide count of 353 slayings in 1993. The drop is significant, but the homicide rate is nevertheless in the same range the city saw in the mid 1980s, when the city had another 130,000 residents. City leaders credit a sustained focus on repeat violent offenders and increased community engagement for the continued drop, reflecting a nationwide decline in crime.


In 2008, Maryland had 142 State and local law enforcement agencies.[4] Those agencies employed a total of 21,267 staff.[5] Of the total staff, 16,013 were sworn officers (defined as those with general arrest powers).[6]

Police ratio

In 2008, Maryland had 283 police officers per 100,000 residents.[7]

Capital punishment laws

Maryland's governor, Martin O'Malley, signed a bill on May 2, 2013 to repeal the death penalty.[8]


  1. ^ Maryland Crime Rates 1960 - 2010 - table listing various crimes in Maryland.
  2. ^ "FBI – Table 4 Illinois – Missouri". Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Estimated crime in 2009". FBI Uniform Crime Reporting. Archived from the original on April 27, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ U.S. Department of Justice, Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, 2008, p.15
  5. ^ U.S. Department of Justice, Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, 2008, p.15
  6. ^ U.S. Department of Justice, Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, 2008, p.15
  7. ^ U.S. Department of Justice, Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, 2008, p.15
  8. ^ Sutton, Joe. "Maryland governor signs death penalty repeal".  
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