Why is this measure important?
Measuring the performance of a police department can be challenging. However, closure rates help provide an assessment of the department's goal of managing crime. Closure rates are systematically collected through the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, allowing for long term trend analysis.
Factors contributing to current performance
- After a trend in commercial burglaries in CY16
caused an increase in the total number of burglaries that year, there
were less than 1,700 burglaries reported in Montgomery County in CY17 (a
15% drop year-over-year), the lowest number the department has ever
- The decline in burglaries may be attributed to the
sophistication of residential alarms and security monitoring systems,
which might deter burglars from entering your home.
Factors restricting performance improvement
Delays in reporting impact the solvability of burglaries. The MCPD
closure rate in this crime category is slightly higher than the national
average for other metropolitan counties (14.7% in 2016).
Performance improvement plan
- Improve crime analyses processes and techniques to detect patterns and prevent more burglaries.
- Improve case management procedures with fully implemented records management system.
- Continue education and outreach through Next Door and other social media apps to remind the community of the importance of locking their doors, garages, and sheds.