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Allegany Co. Crime Rate Highest In Three Decades

May 1st, 2012 by WCBC Radio

The crime rate in Baltimore and most Maryland localities has gone up and down since the state joined a national system of standardized record-keeping in 1975. The Baltimore Sun reports that those statistics released late last year showed some alarming trends for Allegany County. According to the statistics, the number of crimes per 100,000 people is lower in 21 of Maryland's 24 jurisdictions than it was 36 years ago. The exceptions are Allegany and two Eastern Shore counties, Caroline and Wicomico, where the crime rate is higher than in 1975. In Allegany, however, the crime rate — mostly driven by property crime — is the highest in three decades. There are any number of factors- however most point to the sagging economy and to drug abuse. Allegany County State’s Attorney Michael Twigg said that without question an expanding illegal drug market is of most concern to local law enforcement…

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