If Prince George’s County, MD, wants to attract business and new residents, it has to clean up its cities and towns. Seven of the state’s 22 most crime-ridden municipalities are in the county, according to an article reported by WNEW Nov. 18.
Movoto Real Estate tabulated the report based on the 2012 FBI Unified Crime Report. The blog used data on: murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes for municipalities with at least 5,000 people. Violent crimes included assault and rape. Property crimes included burglary, robbery, vehicle theft and theft. Murders, violent crimes and property crimes were weighted so that they each comprised 30 percent of the overall score, whereas the total number of crimes comprised only 10 percent.
PG’s TOP 10 ENTRIES
Bladensburg came in third. The town was plagued by the most vehicle thefts per 100,000 people at 1,041. The violent crime rate was the sixth highest in the state. People had a 1 in 17 chance of being a crime victim.
Mount Rainier came in eighth. While the town had the lowest property crime rate, it was high and robberies and had 12 murders per 100,000 people. One in this suburb had a 1 in 24 chance of being a crime victim.
Violent crimes in Hyattsville fell from previous years and no murders were reported. Property crimes were another story and helped the city reach ninth on the list. Hyattsville had the second most crimes property in the top 10. One out of 14 people in the city had a chance of being a victim of crime.
NOT QUITE TOP 10
Greenbelt just missed the top 10. People in the city have a 1 in 20 chance of being a crime victim. High violent crime in Laurel helped it rank No. 15. The chance of being the victim of a crime was 1 in 27. Murder and violent crimes moved Riverdale Park to No. 16. One out of 33 had a chance of being a crime victim. District Heights had the most murders per person on the list, .0005, which drove it into the No. 20 spot. With the chance of only one out of 38 chance of being a crime victim, District Heights is the “safest” of the most dangerous places to live.
Only one Montgomery County muni made the top 25. High total crimes per person and violent crimes allowed Takoma Park to enter the rarefied company. Chances are 1 out of 31 people in Takoma Park were crime victims.
Elkton was the most dangerous place in Maryland, according to Movoto Real Estate. The chance of becoming a victim of crime was out 1 of 11 people. Baltimore was second with 1 in 17 chance of being a victim of a crime.