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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Homicides Increase; Other Violent Crimes Down

(Posted 2007)
Homicides Increase; Other Violent Crimes Down.
Post, 31 Oct 2007 (Rondeaux).
Homicides continue to climb in Prince George's County while other violent crimes have decreased significantly, Police Chief Melvin C. High said yesterday as he disclosed crime statistics for the first nine months of the year.

High said homicides were up 15 percent, with 106 slayings committed in the county in the first three quarters of this year, compared with 92 for the same period last year.

So far this year, High said, the county has bucked a trend in which violent crime has soared across the country. The number of rapes in Prince George's decreased by a little more than 6 percent, carjackings dropped about 32 percent and armed robberies at commercial locations decreased by about 24 percent.

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