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Officials cite closed cases, drop in crime


Major crime in Annapolis declined 8 percent in the first six months of the year compared with the same period last year.

Figures released by the Annapolis Police Department yesterday showed that crime was down in every category in the first half of the year, while the percentage of crimes solved was up.

Capt. Cassin Gittings attributed to the decline in crime to a number of factors, including severe weather, increased police vigilance and greater community involvement.

The calls for service were up 11 percent in the first six months of 1994 compared with the same time in 1993, indicating that residents are becoming more involved in fighting crime, he said.

"It shows what can happen when we can get there before something happens rather than after," Captain Gittings said.

In the first six months, 1,196 major crimes were reported. Major crimes include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglaries, larcenies and auto theft.

No homicides were recorded in the first six months compared with two the previous year. The number of rapes dropped from 12 in 1993 to eight this year; robberies dropped from 92 to 85; assaults from 141 to 105; burglaries from 273 to 224; larcenies from 706 to 703; and motor vehicle thefts from 72 to 71.

The total number of arrests dropped 9 percent in the first six months of the year.

The number of adults arrested declined from 1,240 in in the first six months of 1993 to 1,060 in the first half of this year. Juvenile arrests, however, were up 27 percent, from 199 in the first half of 1993 to 252 in the same period this year.

The clearance rate, or percentage of cases closed, increased from 25 percent in the first half of 1993 to 28 percent this year.

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