Baltimore County, Md. (January 6, 2012) – The number of homicides in Baltimore County in 2011 was 25 percent lower than in 2005. Despite a slight increase in the number of homicides from 2010 – a year in which homicides dropped to a 30-year low – the County’s homicide rate remains extremely modest. With 805,000 people, Baltimore County’s homicide rate is 3.72 per 100,000 residents. By comparison, the national homicide rate was 4.8 per 100,000 in 2010.

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“We would like the rate to be 0 per 100,000,” said Police Chief Jim Johnson. “But given human nature and the size of our jurisdiction, that may not be realistic. I’m pleased that the homicide rate is low but determined to do even more to reduce violent crime in the months ahead.” There were 30 homicides in 2011, up from 20 in 2010. There was no increase in random crime. Virtually all of the 2011 homicides involved people who knew each other.

  • 10 of the crimes were domestic incidents;
  • 8 involved acquaintances; and
  • 3 were drug-related

In nine cases, there is either no relationship between the people involved, or the relationships between the victims and suspects are unknown at this time. Continue reading for more information about homicide, domestic violence, and more from Baltimore criminal defense lawyer Randolph Rice

Concerns About Domestic Crimes

“The increase in domestic homicides is a concern,” Johnson said. “We don’t know exactly what’s going on, but these are difficult times. There may be larger social issues at play,” he said.

The 2011 homicides involved an extra-marital affair; a fight between a man, his fiancee and her brother; two girlfriends killed by their boyfriends; a child abuse case; an argument between roommates; a pregnant woman and her daughter killed by the woman’s boyfriend; a murder-suicide involving an elderly couple; a murder-suicide involving a grandson and his grandmother; and a Russian woman whose son is suspected of killing her.

Last month, public safety leaders and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz briefed the media and public on the issue of violence between family members and friends. “That focus on preventing this type of crime will continue in 2012,” Johnson said.

Homicide Clearance Rates – 2011 Homicide Rates for Baltimore County

The clearance rate for county homicide cases is well above the national clearance rate of about 64 percent.

Seventeen of 2010’s 20 homicides (85 percent) have been cleared (i.e., police arrested a suspect or suspects so the case could be prosecuted). Twenty-four of 2011’s 30 cases have been cleared, and detectives expect additional clearances in the foreseeable future.

“The clearance rate,” Johnson said, “is important because it indicates the effectiveness of the Police Department at getting criminals off the street and ensuring that violent offenders are prosecuted.”

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