The city of Baltimore hasn’t responded yet to the latest Federal
Bureau of Investigation’s crime statistics for 2013. The city’s
murder rate is the fifth highest in the country for cities with populations
100,000 and over and seventh for violent crimes.
The Uniform Crime Report is a compilation of data sent to the FBI by the
states. According to the UCR, Baltimore’s murder rate increased
to 37.4 percent for every 100,000 people. The city reported 233 murders
to the FBI for 2013. As of Nov. 10, 2014, there have been 188 murders
in Baltimore. Non-fatal shootings showed a decrease of 12 percent.
The number of violent crimes in the nation decreased last year, and Baltimore
saw a decrease of .07 percent in violent crimes. However, some areas of
violent crimes increased. There was a 3.5 percent increase in robberies.
There are some disparities, though, between the number of crimes reported
to the FBI by the city and what the city publicly reported.
Cities that had higher murder rates per 100,000 people were Detroit, Michigan,
New Orleans, Louisiana, Newark, New Jersey, and St. Louis, Missouri. Baltimore
was sixth in the country in murder rates in 2012, but Flint, Michigan,
no longer has 100,000 people, which moved up Baltimore. Baltimore had
almost as many murders in 2013 as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania did —
and Philadelphia has almost a million more people.
Those who have been charged with a violent crime need to know that they
have rights and that includes the right to a fair trial. An experienced
criminal defense attorney can provide defendants with guidance on how
your case should proceed.