Overall Crime Down 13% in Takoma Park for the First Six Months of the Year
Acting Chief Richard A. Bowers announces that for the first six months of the year, overall crime in the City of Takoma Park has declined 13%. There were significant decreases in Aggravated Assaults (72%), Burglary (52%) and Auto Theft (12%). In reviewing the statistics, it was noteworthy that residential burglaries were down 61% from last year. People feeling safe in their homes is one of our top priorities; this reduction is very significant.
Unfortunately, theft from autos is up 44% and we continue to address this issue and look for ways to reduce this from happening. We currently have a theft from auto summer initiative underway, “If they see it, they can steal it.” We have officers in cars, on foot and on bikes participating in this initiative to remind residents to remove all valuables from vehicles. We need your help to make it hard for the criminals!
The Department is pleased with the results, but cautioned the residents of Takoma Park to remain committed to being security conscious and reporting all crimes and suspicious activity to the police. Acting Chief Bowers attributed the decreases to the efforts put forth by the entire police department.
Let’s continue to make a difference together! If you see suspicious activity, please call Takoma Park Police at 301-270-1100.