WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Crime Rate In Prince George's County Continues Downward Trend

Play associated audio
Prince George's County executive Rushern Baker says economic development helpes stave off crime.
Jacob Fenston/WAMU
Prince George's County executive Rushern Baker says economic development helpes stave off crime.

The crime rate in Prince George's County continued its downward trend in 2013, according to new numbers released today. The county saw fewer homicides than any year since 1986.

State and local officials crowded into the sparkling Wegman's mega-grocery store in Prince George's County to announce the latest crime statistics, with rows of cash registers for a backdrop. County Executive Rushern Baker says the dropping crime rate is tied to economic development in Prince George's.

"It is why Wegman's is here, it is why Tanger came here. It is why MGM is coming here," Baker says.

In the three years since Baker took office — and since Wegman's opened — homicides are down nearly 40 percent, and overall crime is down almost 30 percent.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was among the politicians on hand to bask in the good news. He pointed to a series of charts with huge red arrows pointing down.

"These graphs, ladies and gentlemen, aren't just moving in the right direction, they are being moved in the right direction," O'Malley says.

They're being moved in part, by citizen involvement, according to Police Chief Mark Magaw, who cites a 14 percent rise in calls to the crime tip-line.

"Not too many years ago we weren't getting those calls," he says.

But as officials celebrated last year's numbers, there was bad news too: there were two killings in the county on New Year's Day.

NPR

'Star Wars' Editors Defy Hollywood Conventions

In a film industry often dominated by men, there's at least one exception: Many editors are women. Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey speak about their work on the new Star Wars.
NPR

Florida Says Its Fruits, Vegetables Are Safe From Invasive Fruit Fly

Since September, Florida has been fighting an infestation of the Oriental fruit fly, an invasive pest that threatened more than 400 crops. The state declared the insect eradicated as of Saturday.
NPR

The Senate Battle That Looms For Scalia's Replacement

NPR's Domenico Montanaro discusses the upcoming battle on Capitol Hill on replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
NPR

Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.