Crime. No one wants to think about it happening to them, but with the reality of rising crime rates around parts of the country, it’s natural to be worried about your own safety as well as that of your family and friends. It’s always a good idea to be on the lookout.
At Empire Dojo, we believe in always being on alert and aware of what’s going on around the places we live in order to be prepared and take any necessary precautions. So here are just some Maryland crime statistics at a glance:
Property Crime: Burglary, Larceny, Motor Vehicle Theft
- There were a total of 97,487 property crimes reported in Maryland in 2020, or 1,610 for every 100,000 people. Larceny is by far the most commonly reported property crime, accounting for approximately 74% of all non-violent offenses. Burglary comprised about 16% of reported property crimes in Maryland, and motor vehicle theft accounted for 11% (Source: Patch.com)
- Maryland sees an average of 12,310 motor vehicle thefts per year, and out of 100,000 people, 204 will experience vehicle theft (Source: The BAYNET)
Violent Crime: Murder, Assault, Rape
- According to FBI data, there were 24,215 violent crimes reported in Maryland in 2020, or 400 for every 100,000 people, with homicides and robberies being especially common in the state.
- Of all adult women in Maryland, 21.3% or about 476.4 women have experienced rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. About 44% or 979,295 of Maryland women, and more than 24.8% or about 522,486 of Maryland men have experienced other forms of sexual violence (Source: Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault)
- 42.1% of Maryland women and 27.2% of Maryland men experience domestic violence. That’s 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men who have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls, or approximately 15 calls every minute. Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime (Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
- In 2020, 56 Marylanders lost their lives to domestic violence, the highest recorded number of fatalities since 2007. About 42% were previously or current married, and 58% were involved in previous or current dating relationships. 70% of the victims were women (Source: Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence)
Kidnapping & Child Abduction
- Nearly 4,800 juveniles were reported missing in Maryland in 2020. While many were runaways, some kids also fall victim to online predators. Complaints in the Internet Crimes Against Children division of the Maryland State Police Recovery unit has skyrocketed since Covid (Source: WMAR News)
- The rate of kidnapping in Maryland is 0.15 per 1,000 residents during a standard year, with chances of being a victim of kidnapping as high as 1 in 3,418 in some neighborhoods or as low as 21,264 in the northeast part of the state (Source: CrimeGrade.org)
- In a survey done by the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, victim service providers identified 396 victims of trafficking in 2014, of which 281 were sex trafficking victims and 15 were victims of labor trafficking. Of the victims whose ages were reported, 56% were children.
- 187 instances of human trafficking were reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in Maryland through 2019, the most recent year with statistics (Source: justice.gov)
- Between June 2013 and April 2020, over 671 reports of suspected child sex trafficking were reported to and screened by Child Protective Services units in Maryland’s 24 local Departments of Social Services agencies (Source: Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force)