The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Maryland for 2020. See if your city made the list.
Maryland residents express higher levels of concern about safety and more personal experience with both violent and property crime. But its safest cities boast crime rates that are below both state and national levels.
Maryland reported a 371% increase in experience with property crime year over year.
Despite high reports of personal experience with violent crime (18% versus 12% nationally) and property crime (33% versus 26% nationally), Maine’s overall crime rates aren’t uncommonly high. In fact, the state’s property crime rate of 20.3 is lower than the national rate of 22.0.
Violent crime is a bit more prevalent, though, occurring at a rate of 4.7 incidents per 1,000, versus the national rate of 3.7.
Violent Crime in Maryland: Fear vs. Reality
In the Old Line State, being robbed on the street is the violent crime that causes the most concern. It’s also the crime respondents feel is most likely to actually happen.
57% reported high concern about being robbed on the street, compared to 38% across the country.
47% said they think being robbed on the street is the crime most likely to occur. That’s 20 points higher than the national average of 27%.
Robbery was the second most common violent crime reported, accounting for 28% of the violent crime in the safest cities and 34% across the state.
The most prevalent violent crime was aggravated assault, comprising 65% of the violent crime reported among the safest cities and 57% across the state.
Being the victim of a mass shooting is the second most worrisome crime in Maryland. 53% are worried about it on a daily basis, versus 38% nationwide.
SafeWise uses the GVA definition of a mass shooting: “If four or more people are shot or killed in a single incident, not involving the shooter, that incident is categorized as a mass shooting based purely on that numerical threshold.”
Written by Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more