City of Salisbury reports 2020 was safest year on record to date
SALISBURY, Md. – The City of Salisbury is reporting 2020 was the safest year on record to date. In 2020, the Salisbury Police Department answered more than 43,000 calls for service. Chief Barabara Duncan says since 2010 violent crimes, including murder and burglary, have decreased by almost half. Chief Duncan acknowledged that over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic had a large impact on the number of crimes committed.
But Acting Mayor Julia Glanz says she thinks even without the pandemic keeping people at home, the city would’ve been the safest it’s ever been anyway. “If you look across the country cities’ crime rates are increasing across the board. We are the outlier here in Salisbury. Continuing to drive that trend down is a testament to our Chief, our team out there that are hitting the streets every day, building relationships in the community,” said Acting Mayor Glanz.
2020 was also a successful year for the Salisbury Fire Department. Nationally, the standard for response time is 9 minutes. The Fire Department reports they were able to meet that standard on every single call they went to in 2020. The department answered close to 14,000 calls for EMS, fire, and rescue calls.