Those are the most serious offenses.
The Uniform Crime Report for 2011-2012 is out, and it looks good for Frederick County. The report says local Part-One offenses declined by 7% last year. Part-One crimes are homicides, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, thefts and motor vehicle thefts.
The Report says all Part-One crimes went down last year expect for rape, which increased by 64% in the county.
The figures cover crimes investigated by the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police. According to the Uniform Crime Report, Part-One offenses dropped by 10% for the Sheriff's Office alone. Part-One crimes investigated by the State Police alone dropped by 3%, according the report.
Nonetheless, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins says the UCR is good news for Frederick County. He give credit to his deputies for their hard work. "We've looked at trends in crimes throughout Frederick County. We've taken some pro-active steps to address those trends, and increases, and I think we've been pretty effective in doing that," he says.
Jenkins points to the success of the Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement Unit (PACE), which sends deputies to parts of the county experiencing an increase in crime. "When we see a series of crimes beginning or a trend starting to appear somewhere, we focus our efforts through that PACE unit. We get them out there, we conduct saturation patrols, criminal surveillance, increased presence, visibility. A lot of time we've really been effective in catching the people responsible, or absolutely preventing the crimes from happening," he says.
With all of this success, the Sheriff reminds citizens to also be pro-active when it come to crime prevention. "But when you look at the crimes of opportunity, such as theft, I think a lot of that falls back to the individual out there, the citizen taking the steps to prevent those," he says. That includes locking your car, truck or SUV, and removing any valuables from plain view.
The Uniform Crime Report is developed by the FBI, which collects, publishes and archives crime statistics from nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies from across the country. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police collect data on a monthly basis for statistical purposes and the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.