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Report: Gaithersburg Crime Rates On The Rise

Third quarter crime rates are up from 2011 in Gaithersburg, with incidents of robbery almost doubling, The Washington Examiner reported.

Early numbers show crime rates are up in the city of Gaithersburg, The Washington Examiner reported.

Police data shows crime rates are up from 1,366 total crimes last year to 1,634 this year — nearly a 20 percent increase — through September, according to the report.

Robberies and aggravated assaults showed the greatest increase, with robberies nearly doubling from 34 incidents between January and September 2011 to 63 between January and September this year, according to the report.

Armed robberies are up to 78 from 47 in the same period.

Read the full story, including comment from Gaithersburg police officer Dan Lane and City Council Member Henry Marraffa, on The Washington Examiner.

SPEAK OUT: Do you feel safe in Gaithersburg? If yes, why? If not, what can the city and police do to improve safety? Tell us in the comments!

sallie dukes January 01, 2013 at 02:21 PM
More police doing actual patrol duty, day and night. Setting up undercover stings. More cameras in certain areas that has huge coverage areas. Involving the community more to help and more ideas. That's just a few to name.
jnrentz1 January 01, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Well said. Additionally, any offender who is an alien should be deported.
Greg Cohen January 02, 2013 at 03:59 PM
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concerned citizen January 02, 2013 at 04:53 PM
I am rarely out alone at night... 1. More police patroling 2. Sell police cars that are out of commission to the home owner corporations and aparment complexes. To park throughout the community... It will make it look like a lot of cops live in that communityand hinder some of the crime. 3. Hold parents accountable for their children 4. Stop allowing places like McDonald's to be hang out spots late at night for groups of teenagers. 5. If the state can plaster speed cameras all over the place--- They can surely put up safety/crime cameras, that way you would have a better chance of catching the person(s) commiting the crimes. 6. If your illegal and gang affiliated that should equal automatic deportation, and if your family is on state programs they should be terminated.
Montgomery Village resident January 02, 2013 at 07:07 PM
These are WONDERFUL ideas!! 7. Have a police officer full time at that plaza!!! He/she can monitor CVS, Deny's and McDonald's as a full time job!!!
Tom Rowse January 03, 2013 at 10:10 AM
The mayor and council firmly believe there is no crime problem in Gaithersburg and this is clearly shown by allowing pockets of poverty to deepen while keeping their heads planted in the ground (or somewhere else) so they can't see this rapidly escalating problem.

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