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Sheriff Announces Reduction in Crime for 2005

(Bel Air, Md. – February 23, 2006) — Harford County Sheriff R. Thomas Golding has announced a significant reduction in serious crime investigated by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office in 2005. During the past year, Part I or felony crimes reported to the Sheriff’s Office dropped by 19 percent during 2005 as compared with the previous year.

In 2005, the Sheriff’s Office investigated two homicides, the same number as in 2004. However, the Sheriff’s Office investigated a total of 16 rapes during the past year, as compared with 35 such incidents in 2004 a reduction of 54.3 percent. Also, there were 16 fewer robberies during 2005 compared with 2004. In 2004, the Sheriff’s Office investigated 104 robberies. Last year that number dropped to 88 for an overall reduction of 15.3 percent.

Assaults declined by 20 percent during the past year, with 934 such incidents reported to the Sheriff’s office in 2005 compared with 1,171 in 2004. Additionally, there were 27.7 percent fewer breaking and entering offenses investigated by the Sheriff’s Deputies in 2005. Last year deputies handled 528 breaking and entering crimes, compared to 730 the previous year.

The crime of theft also saw a reduction in reported incidents last year, with 1,745 as compared to 2,022 in 2004 for a decline of 13.7 percent. Finally, there were 161 reported thefts of motor vehicles in 2005 in contrast to the 239 recorded the previous year for a reduction on 32.6 percent.

Citing some reasons for the possible reduction in crime, Sheriff R. Thomas Golding stated, “In the past year the Harford County Sheriff’s Office initiated a Gang Suppression Unit, which has been working hard to identify and disrupt criminal activity in high crime areas of the county. Additionally, our Community Policing Unit and Patrol Services Bureau have worked tirelessly providing crime prevention information to our citizens and working to maintain a high visibility in the communities”.

Sheriff Golding added, “We are very pleased that for the second consecutive year the combined efforts of our deputies and the citizens of the communities we serve has resulted in a reduction of serious crime reported to the Sheriff’s Office.”

For information regarding crime prevention and programs offered by the Community Policing Unit, please visit the Harford County Sheriff’s Office website at www.harfordsheriff.org.

Press Release

February 23, 2006

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