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Maryland Crime Rate Lowest In Decades

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Gov. Martin O'Malley says according to recent data, Maryland's crime rate is at its lowest in 40 years.
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Gov. Martin O'Malley says according to recent data, Maryland's crime rate is at its lowest in 40 years.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says 2011 crime data compiled by the Maryland State Police show that violent crime, homicides and property crimes are at their lowest levels since 1975, reports the Associated Press.

There were 398 homicides in the state last year, a more than 6 percent drop compared to the previous year. Total crimes are also at the lowest levels seen since the mid-1970s.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein credits local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies for working together to get armed felons and repeat offenders off the street.

The data is compiled each year and will be sent to the FBI for use in national crime statistics.

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