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Crime in Maryland: 1996 Uniform Crime Report

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These statistics, compiled under the Uniform Crime Reporting Program from data submitted by Maryland law enforcement agencies, presents a statewide view of crime for 1996.
Following an overview of the Maryland Uniform Crime Reporting Program, a discussion of crime factors is presented. The data show that 308,903 index offenses (criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, assault, breaking or entering, larceny- theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) were reported to law enforcement agencies in Maryland during the calendar year 1996, a 3-percent decrease from 1995. Violent crime accounted for 15 percent of the total Crime Index for 1996, compared to 16 percent in 1995; violent crime decreased 5 percent compared to 1995. The number of property crimes reported during 1996 was more than 5 times greater than the number of violent crimes reported. Property crimes composed 85 percent of the total Crime Index in 1996, compared to 84 percent in 1995; the number decreased by 2 percent. The crime rate for Maryland in 1996 was 6,090.4 victims for every 100,000 population, a 3-percent decrease from 1995. Maryland law enforcement agencies cleared 22 percent of all index offenses reported to them in 1996, compared to 21 percent in 1995. Data are also reported for law enforcement officers killed, officers assaulted, and law enforcement employees. A 10-year crime index chart is provided as well. Extensive tabular data