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Overall crime down in Baltimore County, though homicides increase

Overall crime down in Baltimore County, though homicides increase

While the number of homicides increased, overall crime in Baltimore County continued to decrease in 2014, officials said Wednesday. Twenty-five people were killed in homicides in 2014, up from 20 the year before. Police officials said the five-year average for homicides in the county is 25. Baltimore County had a decrease in rapes and aggravated assaults, and robbery numbers were flat compared to the year before. Nonviolent crimes, including burglaries, thefts and arson, also declined. The overall decrease in crime from the five-year average was 7.2 percent, recorded across all 12 police precincts, said Chief Jim Johnson. The decline from the year before was 5.2 percent. At a news...

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