PGPD Dist 1 Commander Major Dan Weishaar and Major Lloyd came to last night’s Council worksession and presented the crime trends over the past year. According to the statistics, the number of violent crime incidents in College Park has gone down by 24.8 percent and the number of property crimes remained almost the same. The number of overall crime incidents has gone down by 2.7%. Please let see below the stats for details and let me know if you have any questions.
Update [3/20/2014] I asked our Assistant District Commander Captain Lloyd the reason for the increase in breakings and enterings. He got back to me with the following answers this evening.
Although we do not have all of the answers why there was an increase, we believe that a few of the long time criminals from the College Park area were out of jail at the same time. Many of these subjects have been arrested numerous times in the past for burglaries, thefts and many other offenses, but they rarely have done much time in jail. Every time we notice a trend beginning, we see if these guys have been released. Normally, one or two are out on the street. We have attempted to get information regarding their release from jail in the past, but rarely does this occur. As we said last night, many arrests were made last year by our officers and detectives, which kept the numbers from being even higher.
This increase was not only seen in College Park. The entire North end of the County struggled with a rise in property crimes from June through December. During that time, we saw a drop in violent crimes, but property crimes (B&E, thefts, and thefts from autos) were a continuous frustration for us.
Hopefully this helps explain what occurred. Let me know if you need further assistance.
Captain David Lloyd #1926
Prince George’s County Police Department
District I / Hyattsville Station