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Baltimore County Homicides Fall in 2013

The homicide rate in the county is lower than it was in the 1970s.

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson. Credit: Patch file photo
Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson. Credit: Patch file photo

The number of homicides in Baltimore County dropped for the third consecutive year.

There were 19 homicides reported in 2013. That’s down from 23 homicides in 2012 and 30 homicides in 2011, according to police.  

“One homicide is one crime too many," County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said in a news release. "Still, we are pleased that by all standards our county is safer than it has ever been."

The homicide rate, the number of murders in proportion to the county’s population, is also lower than it was in the 1970s.

The number of arrests made in homicides, which was 83.3 percent in 2013, compared the national average clearance rate of 62 percent.   

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