According to statistics and reports from the Frederick Police Department, 2012 saw an 8.7 percent increase in major crimes as compared to 2011. In fact, crimes such as robbery, theft, burglary, grand theft auto, and rape all saw an increase last year. While law enforcement officials do not see this increase as a major concern, especially considering the commensurate increase in the local area population, many merchants have admitted they are now on heightened alert.
A bold daytime robbery, which occurred at Colonial Jewelers in early February, and involved three masked men pepper-spraying employees in order to make off with an estimated $200,000 in jewelry and other merchandise, only served to compound merchant concerns. Numerous business owners have stated they are increasing security measures at their stores in an effort to deter such criminal activity. The Frederick Police Chief, Thomas Ledwell, has also said he will be using the crime statistic information to hone in on areas with increased crime levels while developing department-wide strategies geared to better fight crime in 2013.
With law enforcement officials and local merchants gearing up, in an effort to crack down hard on any and all criminal activity, there are times when their zealous intentions may result in an erroneous arrest. That is why, if you or a loved one has been arrested in or around the Frederick area, we strongly advise you contact our firm and consult with one of our skilled criminal defense attorneys. When you contact our firm, we will take the time to review the charges and evidence against you, devise a strategy for your defense, and fight aggressively to protect your freedom and rights.
Contact a Frederick criminal defense lawyerat The Law Office of John R. Discavage, P.A. today in order to discuss your case and review your legal options.