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Seven-year study: Montgomery County sees 26 percent drop in all crimes

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Police Chief J. Thomas Manger, along with State’s Attorney John McCarthy and County Council President Craig Rice, announced today that total crime for 2013 in Montgomery County decreased 9 percent from 2012 – part of a seven-year trend that totaled a 33 percent reduction in serious crime and a 26 percent decrease in all crimes.

According to the study released by Montgomery County officials, the 33 percent drop in serious crime in the County was more than twice the decrease in crime nationally over the same time period — and eight times lower than the rate of decrease for the previous seven years in the county (2000-06).

Leggett went on to explain the steady decrease in crime.

Today, you can see – by the numbers – the progress that the County has made. Chief Manger, his command staff and the men and women of the department have worked harder, smarter and more creatively to produce these numbers and to better protect the lives and property of the residents of Montgomery County.

Leggett also cited major budget reapportionment as a contributing factor in the change in crime rates.

Between 2007 and 2014, our tax-supported County Government program budget went up 12 percent over 7 years – but our spending for the Police Department more than doubled that – nearly 28 percent.

Click here to view 2013 Year-End Police Report for Montgomery County, MD

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