Serious crime rose slightly in Salisbury last year but compared to 2004 it has dropped by nearly 21 percent.
That’s according to the latest data from the Salisbury Police Department.
In 2012 the Department showed there were nearly 22-hundred reported Part 1 crimes that range from homicide and forcible rape to robbery, theft and arson.
That’s a 1.1 percent increase over 2011.
Two-thirds of the those crimes were thefts or just over 14-hundred.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that in an email Mayor Jim Ireton credited police officers, Chief Barbara Duncan and the Safe Streets Coalition for cutting these types of crime.
He called the improvement an unprecedented working relationship between local law enforcement the state’s attorney and the state of Maryland.
The Mayor declined to be interviewed by phone for the paper.