Good news. Crime in Prince George’s County is down for the first time in many years, said Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw, in a press conference last Wednesday.

The conference was also attended by Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks.

The most celebrated reduction was the number of homicides recorded in the county which decreased from 95 for all of last year to 61 so far this year.

Last year, the County had 3,800 victims of crime. This year, the county had 3,200 crime victims, which is a drop of 600 victims,

A total of 29,135 crimes were recorded through Monday of this year compared to the 31,375 crimes recorded through all of last year, according to data provided by a county police spokesman.

In other categories, the number of assaults recorded this year is at 2,422 compared to 2,597 last year. Car thefts, which have historically been a problem across the county, were down to 4,294 incidents this year compared to 5,045 incidents for all of last year.

In 2012, crime declined in the following areas:

  • overall violent crime, down 7.6 percent;
  • overall property crime, 7.1 percent;
  • overall total crime, 7.1 percent or about 2,240 incidents;
  • homicides, 35.5 percent;
  • robberies, 8.5 percent;
  • burglaries, 19 percent;
  • stolen cars, 14.9 percent; and
  • non-fatal shootings, 12 percent.