Prince George’s County Sees Drop in Overall Violent Crime and Homicides in 2017

January 9, 2018

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III and Prince George’s County Police Chief Henry P. Stawinski III announced Monday the county saw a 6.6% drop in overall violent crime in 2017.  This marks the 7th year in a row where the overall violent crime number dropped from the previous year.  This continuing downward trajectory translates into a more than 50% decline in overall violent crime in the county over the past 7 years.

“Over the past seven years, we have seen an incredible reduction in both violent crime and the volume of crimes in Prince George’s County,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.  “This reduction in crime is a key reason for the County’s economic success that is leading the region and state as well as improving our quality of life and subsequent state-best increase in our residential and commercial property values.”

In a county of almost 1 million residents living across nearly 500 square miles, there were 80 homicides in 2017 which was 18 fewer homicides than the previous year.  While one life lost is one too many, this 18% drop in homicides further represents the downward trend in violent crime.   When our detectives were called upon to solve a homicide, to bring a killer(s) to justice, and to help bring closure to a grieving family, they answered the call with a 83% clearance rate in 2017 as compared to the national closure rate which stands around 60%, according to the latest FBI stats.

“I am very proud of the men and women of the Prince George’s County Police Department and of the community as we worked together to organize against and prevent crime. Of note is the reduction in homicides and every category of robbery,” said Chief Hank Stawinski.

Last summer, we saw a 14% increase in the number of theft from autos across our county.  We organized the community in the fight against this type of crime by releasing a special video to the public from the Chief (, we sent out daily updates via Twitter on county wide theft from auto numbers with pictures of damaged vehicles, and we continue to place warning cards on vehicles where officers witness valuables out in plain sight.   Thanks to those agency and community efforts, we tackled thefts from autos and reversed the increase by ending the year with a 4% drop in theft from autos.

7 Responses to Prince George’s County Sees Drop in Overall Violent Crime and Homicides in 2017

  1. Anonymous on January 9, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    because it all has moved into Charles County

    • Diggerodell72 on January 10, 2018 at 11:11 am

      True, very true. Ever since they had those junk home loans from back in 2005 when it was an interest only payment on the mortgage was the start of everyone moving to Charles county. It was funny listening to some of these folks saying they were moving out of Prince George’s county to get away from all the crime. Little did they know that they brought the crime down here with them. Little Leroy and Tyrone who moved down here with Mom and sometimes Dad (if there was one in the picture) were dealing drugs or robbing people. They the Mother or sometimes a father figure didn’t know or cared less what their boys were doing. Now Little Leroy and Tyrone start inviting their thug friends down from the hood to capitalize on the drug market or robbing people who are out making a living for themselves and their family. No wonder we have a White flight leaving Waldorf and moving to St. Mary’s or Calvert Counties and even as far as King George county in Virginia. I use to live in Waldorf for over 30 years and had to get the hell out of there to be able to live in a save place.

    • bnghrtqwaszxerdfcvtyghbnuijkm on January 10, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      Hahaha, that was my first thought. Every time you read an article on here with a serious crime, it is always perpetrated by someone from PG…

  2. Anonymous on January 10, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Maybe Trump is good for the country lol.

  3. Gray Area on January 10, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Murder is great!

    As long as it’s LESS than last year.

  4. comment. Its not funny. on January 13, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Why are suspects sentenced? Why are prosecutions done? I don’t know, theres still no mission statement. No mission statement for jail time. Maybe whoever files for States Attorney, Circuit Court judge and Sheriff would be willing to come up with a mission statement for incarceration. What is to be accomplished by incarceration? Did you check this article a mission statement? Yes, the only place it appears is my

  5. Adam 12 on January 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    I wonder if PG used the same people to report this that said all those kids were good to graduate?