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Hold the property crime rate per 100,000 under the state-wide average (target)


CY19 Actual

CY18 Actual

Objective Description

Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Property crime consists of the theft-type offenses which involve the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. The effects of property crimes can contribute to deteriorating neighborhoods and declining property values. Theft is often a crime of opportunity and difficult to prevent. The “Target” line shown, represents the state-wide Maryland average for property crime. The goal of the Howard County Police Department (HCPD) is to keep Howard County well below this state-wide average.

Trend Analysis

The property crime rate in Howard County remains well below the state-wide average. Burglary saw a dramatic decline from 810 offenses in 2017 to just 442 in 2018. Motor vehicle thefts also dropped from 353 in 2017 to 254 in 2018. Arson increased from 34 in 2017 to 62 in 2018. Partnering with members of the community through community policing initiatives, enhanced investigative techniques, and the advancements in technology have collaboratively led to the decrease in property crimes in our county.


  • Partner with residents, visitors and businesses to mitigate crime.
  • Conduct frequent crime prevention initiatives. Theft prevention campaigns are effective at lowering thefts from auto and open garage doors.
  • Utilize various community policing outreach techniques to increase community contact which enhances communication, helps identify suspects, and promotes a sense of safety.
  • Hold statistical review sessions bi-weekly (known as AIM) to discuss how to achieve and improve agency objectives.
  • Maintain a Repeat Offender program focused on identifying high-rate offenders who frequently and negatively impact our community.
  • Aggressively investigate all reported crimes utilizing the latest in technology and social media resources.
  • Work with community youth across a range of ages – from young children to older adolescents and young adults through such HCPD programs as: BearTrax, PLEDGE Summer Camps, the Community Athletic Program, The Resiliency Adventure Project, the Youth Police Academy and more. As well as look for more ways to engage the youth of our community.
  • Continue to collaborate closely with local, state and federal prosecutors, probation and parole officers, as well as other state and federal law enforcement agencies to keep criminals off the street.
  • Train Fire Marshals, at the Police Academy, to enhance resources combating and investigating Arson.

Source: Howard County Police Uniform Crime Report

Detailed Analysis

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