Nationwide, crime is trending usually down, and that’s the case in Prince George’s County, Maryland, too — however not on the subject of violent crime, which county police stated is up thus far this yr.

Nationwide, crime is trending usually down, and that’s the case in Prince George’s County, Maryland, too — however not on the subject of violent crime, which county police stated is up thus far this yr.

At a Monday afternoon listening to, Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz supplied a fast rundown on the place issues stand after the primary third of the yr, as he went over the division’s price range proposal for the upcoming fiscal yr.

During the listening to, Aziz stated the county’s total crime is down 13% thus far and that nonviolent crime is down 18%. However, he stated violent crime is up 11%.

Assaults and home violence — particularly assaults — account for that spike, Aziz stated.

“They take a big half and so they fall into the violent crime class. But … a whole lot of them are quite simple assaults,” he stated.

The 29 murders recorded within the county thus far this yr is barely forward of final yr’s tempo, however Aziz stated the county’s homicide charge had been on the decline via many of the yr. Aziz additionally stated {that a} third of these murders are associated to home violence.

Arrests for unlawful weapons have additionally gone down thus far this yr, however Aziz solid doubt on the concept that it’s as a result of there are fewer of them within the mistaken palms.

Aziz stated police consider “the arrival of the brand new regulation final July 1, that stated that no searches could possibly be performed of a automobile that was reeking of hashish odor” contributed to the downward pattern of weapons discovered on the road. He talked about that many weapons had been beforehand recovered from vehicles that officers searched whereas searching for marijuana.

Now, Aziz stated most arrests occur when an officer sees a gun inside a car after pulling somebody over for an additional cause — however in any case, he’s sure there are extra ghost weapons within the county than earlier than.

“We’re seeing a rise in 3D-printed weapons,” Aziz stated. “Young children who’re extra attuned to expertise are making these sort of weapons … and they’re unserialized weapons. They fall in the identical class.”

Property crime is down, too, although crimes associated to thefts from inside or on the surface of automobiles are on the rise.

In phrases of carjackings, there have been practically 100 within the county thus far this yr, with juveniles accounting for 50 of the 65 folks arrested for the crime. In 2023, the county approached 600 carjackings.

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