In its 2019 list of “Maryland’s Safest Cities,” website Security Baron ranked Ocean Pines in the top spot.
The site used FBI Uniform Crime Reporting data to compile the list.
According to the site, “Our first pick is Ocean Pines, a city on the eastern shore of Maryland. With a population of over 12,000 people, there was only 1.71 violent crimes per 1,000 people and only 6.69 property crimes for the same population! Other top picks include Thurmont, Taneytown, and Glenarden.”
Other local communities making the list included Fruitland (26), Salisbury (28), Cambridge (32) and Ocean City (33).
Ocean Pines Police Chief David Massey said the low crime rates are a product of community policing.
“We work closely with our citizens in actively promoting community policing,” Massey said. “Our police officers handled over 12,500 calls for service in our community last year. They know our neighborhoods, and this aids in our criminal investigations of crimes and the location of suspects.
“Safety just does not happen on its own. It takes cooperative efforts of residents and police to keep a community safe,” he added.
To view the full list, visit https://securitybaron.com/safe-cities/maryland.