2004 Annual Crime Report
Total reported criminal incidents in the Town of Cheverly for the year 2004 took a significant downturn from 2003. There were 379 reported criminal incidents in 2004 and 444 in 2003. This represents an approximate 15% drop in crime from last year. Over the past year the police department employed a number of different strategies to reduce the number of stolen autos occurring in the town. Our efforts resulted in lowering the number of stolen autos from 107 in 2003 to 84 in 2004. This represents a 22% decrease in
stolen autos. This is remarkable in light of the fact that stolen autos remain a major problem in Prince George’s County. We will continue to make this reduction a priority. We have employed a number of strategies to combat the stolen auto issue. One of the strategies that I believe has had a major impact is residents employing the use of the “club” vehicle anti-theft device. The club is for sale at the police department for $10.00. Also our Cheverly Neighborhood Watch participation played a part in causing a reduction. Neighbors noting juveniles “casing” a vehicle and then stealing it immediately notified the police, which enabled several arrests for stolen vehicle.
As you can see from the chart the crimes of assault and robbery also took a downward turn. Burglaries were down from 54 in 2003 to 47 in 2004. The police department has made several arrests for breaking and entering throughout the year thanks to the tireless efforts of Detective Randy Green. The crime of theft was also down from 148 incidents to 130. The majority of thefts were from vehicles. This crime in particular is difficult for the police department to solve without the help of neighbors with watchful eyes.
The new record management system that the police department received through a grant from the State has been up and running for 2 years now. This system acts primarily as our crime database and allows the police department to do crime mapping as well as other applications that aid in the development of strategies to combat crime. However, the most vital element to fighting crime is the participation of the
community in this effort. The essence of “Community Policing” is the partnership between the community and their police department. The Town of Cheverly has a neighborhood watch program, which serves as the vehicle to develop this relationship. We meet the second Monday of every other month. The next meeting will be March 14, 2005 at 6:30 PM at the Town Hall. Please participate and support this program.
I would also like to bring to your attention the fine work that the men and women of the Cheverly Police Department have done over the past year. Criminal arrests were up significantly over last year and we wrote over a 1000 more citations (the majority for speeding) than in 2003. Their diligence helps to keep us all safe and secure.
Lastly, a reminder that the police department conducts home and business security surveys. Please call the administrative offices at 301-773-8362 between 9:00AM and 5:00PM and make an appointment for your security survey.