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What is the Montgomery County Council’s response to the rise in crime? Defund the police and remove School Resource Officers (SROs). Under the Democrat controlled County Council, we have seen crime go up in our county, even in our traditionally safe neighborhoods.
The Montgomery County Council Public Safety Committee was told earlier this year that there were 32 homicides and 67 carjackings in 2021. The numbers reflect an 88% increase in homicides and 72% increase in carjackings. Also up vehicle theft 21%, and identify theft is up 62%.
The current Democrat controlled County Council wants to coddle criminals, eliminate cash bail, defund the police, eliminate SROs, and push other soft on crime policies. These initiatives have failed in every big city where they have been implemented.
Unfortunately, in 2022 homicides, carjackings and auto theft, in particular, continue to increase with no signs of crime slowing down in Montgomery County.
The solution to our crime to is fully fund the police, reinstate SROs in MCPS, and adopt a zero-tolerance policy on crime. Let’s put dangerous criminals behind bars where they belong, not on the streets with your families!
1. Refund the Police – MCPS needs to be fully funded so law enforcement can do their jobs to protect you and your family from the criminal elements. Many of these come from Prince George’s County or Washington, DC.
2. Return SROs to all MCPS High Schools and Certain Middle Schools
3. Zero-tolerance on all Crimes – This initiative cracked down on panhandling, disorderly behavior, public drinking, street prostitution, unsolicited windshield washing, and other such attempts to obtain cash from drivers stopped in traffic. Impose zero-tolerance on burglaries, car jackings, home break-ins and other violent crimes.
4. Remove Speeding Cameras from our roads – Speed Cameras need to be taken off our roads, they do nothing to improve public safety, however what they do is force people to slam breaks before a speed camera which creates gridlock on the road. Let drivers go with the flow of traffic. These speed cameras have turned into nothing more than ATMs for private companies, with only a small portion of those dollars coming back to our county government. Radar speed signs can be equally as effective at keeping drivers honest about obeying speed limits.