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Prince George's Co. sees drop in crime

6:32 PM, Jan 2, 2014   |    comments
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LANHAM, Md. (WUSA9) --  The start of the 2014 New Year didn't begin well for Prince George's County.

Police dealt with two domestic related homicides. Despite the violence, the county says the long term statistics and trends show a brighter future.

"This county has been able to reduce homicides by nearly 40% in 3 years, " said Chief Mark Magaw. 
 
Crime across the board, from thefts, assaults and homicides have gone down in the last several years. But these numbers do little to comfort the families left behind.

"I see sadness every year. I don't see it going down that much, my family is still hurting," says Anthony Stanley, who's daughter was one of the 64 homicides in 2012.

Amber Stanley was shot in her bedroom in an unsolved murder that's mystified police.

"These cases haunt me as much as anybody, there is not a day that goes by I don't think about Amber Stanley and some of the other victims and the recent victims, there is a lot of work to be done, " said Magaw.

County leaders say fighting crime is not always about the badge.

"It's really about going in those communities especially in those transforming neighborhoods where there is a potential for higher crime there; go in and look at education, health and jobs and those are the things that have transformed the neighborhood and have the sustainability over time," said Baker.

What is also working is the partnership between Prince George's County and the District of Columbia. When crime happens the boundaries are often blurred.

"We know what's going on in DC the District know what's going on on our side of Southern and Eastern Avenue so we can anticipate the issues and stop them," said Magaw.

Wednesday night's homicide happened in Clinton Maryland, and the suspect is from Southeast DC.

"We can reduce the numbers of moms and dads who are standing at grave sites. That's what this is all about, " said O'Malley.

"For them to announce homicides are down 40% there's still a problem in the community, " said Stanley.

"We are not done, we are just getting started. There's still a lot of work to do, " said Magaw.

While crime across the board has gone down since 2010, from thefts, assaults and homicides, rape is up from last year. Prince George's County has a 93% conviction rate in homicides.

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