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Homicide, Assault, Burglary and Auto Theft On the Rise in Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg Police released crime statistics from the second quarter of 2011.

During the second quarter of 2011, crime was down in Gaithersburg when stacked up against the second quarter of 2010, but the numbers for homicide, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft are up.

Crime Change from Q2'10 to Q2'11 Actual Numbers Homicide Not Calculable from 0 to 1 Rape 50 percent decrease from 2 to 1 Robbery 7.7 percent decrease from 13 to 12 Aggravated Assault 14.3 percent increase from 14 to 16 Burglary 6.5 percent increase from 46 to 49 Larceny 8.3 percent decrease from 385 to 353 Auto Theft 27.8 percent increase from 18 to 23

And although there was a 4.6 percent drop in the overall crime rate in Gaithersburg during the months of April, May and June this year when compared against statistics from the same time period in 2010, the numbers jumped up 19.8 percent from the first quarter of the year, Gaithersburg Police announced on Thursday.

Crime Change from Q1'11 to Q2'11 Actual Numbers Homicide Not Calculable from 0 to 1 Robbery 9.1 percent increase from 11 to 12 Aggravated Assault 45.5 percent increase from 11 to 16 Burglary 28.9 percent increase from 38 to 49 Larceny 13.9 percent increase from 310 to 353 Auto Theft 35.3 percent increase from 17 to 23

Information provided by the Gaithersburg Police Department.

Tom Rowse October 07, 2011 at 06:59 PM
This refutes the claim by the incumbents for the City Council election that crime is not an issue in Gaithersburg.
Cathy Drzyzgula October 07, 2011 at 10:41 PM
The second quarter of every year sees more crime than the first, because more people are outside. To compare, 2007vs, 2011: Homicide was 0 now 1 Rape was 4, now 1 Robbery was 32 now 12 Agg. Assault was 22 now 16 Burglary was 75 now 49 Larceny was 418 now 353 Auto Theft was 45 now 23 Obiously one crime is one too many, but Gaithersburg is much safer now than it was 4 years ago. Cathy Drzyzgula
Paula Kovacs Ross October 08, 2011 at 03:19 AM
Out on the campaign trail, people are expressing a good deal of concern about vandalism, thefts from homes and cars, and home break-ins.
tonic226 October 10, 2011 at 01:51 PM
If you are elected to the city council in Nov, what would be your #1 inititive for crime in the City of Gaithersburg?
Citizen October 10, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Not suprised!! Maybe if the officers were more proactive in patroling the city and hit the neighborhoods instead of sitting car to car and talking for hours. I went into 7-11 last week and I thought that it was family renuion! Atleast 7-11 was safe!!
Tom Rowse October 12, 2011 at 03:30 AM
@tonic226: We must have a fully staffed department. At this point we do not. The beat system, which I support, cannot reach its potential with a short staffed department.

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