Serious crime in Baltimore climbed 10.2 percent during the first three quarters of this year, with violent crime up by 15.7 percent, police said today. Much of the blame was laid to drug trafficking.
The figures show a 14.2 percent increase in the number of homicides in the city from January through September, with 225 people killed this year compared with 197 for the same period in 1989.
Police said 41 percent of those homicides were related to drug activity.
One of the sharpest increases was in rape -- up 24 percent. There were 502 rapes reported through September, compared with 405 last year.
Other increases reported:
* Robbery -- up 17.9 percent, with 6,594 cases reported through September, compared with 5,592 for the same period last year.
* Aggravated assaults -- up 12.7 percent, with 5,818 incidents reported through September, compared with 5,161 during the same period in 1989.
* Auto thefts -- up 24.6 percent, with 7,263 cars reported stolen, compared with 5,830 through September 1989. That's an average of nearly 30 each day.