Crime Down Countywide in 2011

Auto theft dropped over 18 percent from 2010 to 2011.

There was less crime in Montgomery County in 2011 than there was in 2010, according to a new report from Montgomery County Police.

Crime was down in every category in 2011, according to county police statistics.

Auto theft saw the biggest change with an 18.5 percent drop from 2010. There was almost no change in the amount of aggravated assaults from 2010 to 2011.

The department had a 100 percent clearance rate for murders in 2011 according to police statistics. All 16 murders were solved.

Below is the full list of countywide crime statistics:


  • 2010 - 17
  • 2011 - 16


  • 2010 - 119
  • 2011 - 112


  • 2010 - 911
  • 2011 - 840

Aggravated Assault

  • 2010 - 653
  • 2011 - 648


  • 2010 - 3323
  • 2011 - 3061


  • 2010 - 15261
  • 2011 - 13505

Auto Theft

  • 2010 - 1455
  • 2011 - 1186
jag March 14, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Wait, but I thought we were being overrun by illegal immigrants who are destroying the world as we know it and causing chaos on every street corner?!
Jeff Hawkins March 14, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Wait, number one......who said any of that........wait, number two...........how racist of you to assume that illegal immigrants are destroying the world and causing chaos on every street corner and wait, number three..........aren't you being a little overly dramatic :)))))
jag March 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Har har, Jeff. You know perfectly well all the anti-immigrant crap that's spewed on this site. Most of which is based on nonsensical claims about how county crime is through the roof even though it's been going down year after year after year. It's a sad and pathetic tactic used by American racists and xenophobes for generations, including by the Klan against my Irish immigrant ancestry.
Jeff Hawkins March 14, 2012 at 04:17 PM
@Jag Yes.....there is alot of anti-immigrant feelings on this site, yes there are alot anti-immigrant feelings everywhere. This article concerned a reduction in crime and that's always a good thing. I don't think they listed the crimes commited according to race, maybe hispanic crime went down, black crime up, and white crime topped them all..........who knows.....maybe it was the reverse. Now the claims of higher crime from certain folks might very well correlate with where that person lives who's making that claim, through their eyes it might be a valid claim or at least a problem, do we discount those feelings? Leggett and the Police recently had a community meeting in Montgomery Village to help address the "rising" crime in that area and from what I have read, it's mostly being commited by hispanic folks. I guess the question could be, if you live in Montgomery Village and crime is rising and most of the crimes are being commited by hispanic folks, is it racist to say "most of the rising crime in my neighborhood is being commited by hispanic folks." The Klan was indeed against Catholic's, not so much against the Irish in general. Heck, there were Irish Brigades on both sides in the Civil War, in particular at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Your Irish ancestors in general hated blacks and hispanics......we've come a long way......but we aren't there yet!
Eric S. March 14, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Thank you! I was thinking it too, but since I already hit another post (white girl from Chevy Chase caught for armed robber in G'burg -- c'mon!), I figured two posts is too many. Seriously, why does Patch look like the WTOP comments so often?
Corbin Dallas Multipass March 14, 2012 at 06:27 PM
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/poltmpl.asp?url=/Content/POL/media/crimeStats.asp has the excel files with stat dumps for those interested.
Bubba March 14, 2012 at 08:48 PM
San Patricios. Originally the Irish fought for the Americans but defected when they saw the way Americans treated the Mexicans. And with most Mexicans being Catholic like the Irish they wondered why they fighting against Mexicans that they had more in common with than Americans.
jnrentz1 March 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM
No amnesty of any kind for any illegal alien.
Jeff Hawkins March 15, 2012 at 12:19 PM
@Bubba Yes indeed, those men......roughly 200 or so did "cross-over" as you say for many reasons............some not so no noble.
William Grove March 15, 2012 at 02:30 PM
The stats are BS. We live in Bethesda and our two cars get broken into 10 -15 times per year (mostly in summer). MCPD discourage reporting these incidents and once asked my wife, "what do you expect us to do about it?" Nasty, stupid and lazy is not what you want in a police force.
jag March 15, 2012 at 03:03 PM
LOL, you're joking, right? 15 times a year? I've lived in Rockville and Silver Spring for 26 years and have never even known anyone who had their car broken into in MoCo, much less had my car broken into. If you're not joking, then you should set up a camera or something because obviously someone you know is targeting you for some personal reason. There is literally no chance of you randomly being broken into 15 times a year (for multiple years??), even if you lived in the junkiest neighborhood in America and were dumb enough to leave an expensive GPS out.
William Grove March 15, 2012 at 03:42 PM
we live close to Western Ave and the thinking is it's DC-based and they just go down the street almost every other week from April through October. got hit last week for first time this year.
Jeff Hawkins March 15, 2012 at 04:14 PM
@William That stinks William. Sounds like you are in the proverbial "no man's land". Are the D.C. police helping at all?
Bubba March 15, 2012 at 06:34 PM
@William Grove - in case you missed this article in the Post - http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/amid-rash-of-car-break-ins-dc-zeroes-in-on-a-repeat-offender/2012/03/06/gIQA7hdk3R_story.html If the break-ins are that persistent you and your neighbors need to get together and put pressure on the police to fix the problem. As the article states, there are only a handful of thieves who car break-ins. Catching and prosecuting those thieves to the fullest extent isn't going to happen without some outside influence.
jnrentz1 March 22, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Mr. Grove, You should consider moving to a lower crime area.


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