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Frederick sees drop in crime

April 15, 1999

FREDERICK, Md. - Crime dropped by 9 percent in Frederick County in the first three months of 1999 compared to the same period last year, according to the Frederick Police Department.

Statistics from the Maryland Uniform Crime Report for Jan. 1 through March 31 showed a decrease of 55 crimes compared to 1998 figures.

A total of 610 crimes were listed for that period in 1998 compared with 555 in 1999.

The report indicates there were no murders in 1998 or 1999.

Aggravated assaults went from 81 in 1998 to 80 in 1999. Larcenies dropped from 392 to 345.

The number of breaking and entering incidents also went down, from 85 to 70.

The report further shows crimes against property to be on the decline, from 503 last year to 443 in the first three months of this year.

Areas where crime has gone up include rape, robbery, larceny and crimes against people.

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The number of rapes increased from 6 to 9 and robberies went from 20 to 23.

Motor vehicle theft also jumped from 26 to 28.

Crimes against people increased from 107 to 112.

"Although the percent increase for the categories of rape and robbery appear to be significant, the fact that the number of incidents is so small, any increase would have a strong impact on the percent change," said Col. Regis R. Raffensberger, Frederick City Police Chief.

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