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Crime in Schools: A Look at the 2015-2016 School Year

Just how safe are Germantown/Clarksburg area public schools compared to Montgomery County Public Schools in other areas of the County? The answer is relatively safe, but not the safest.

The Germantown Pulse used data from Montgomery County’s DataMontgomery.gov website, which allows residents to look at a vast and myriad amount of data produced by Montgomery County. The website hosts information on everything from crime reports, to park usage, and tax collection.


For this article, Germantown Pulse used Montgomery County Police reports in which the location of the event was identified as taking place at a school. Only incidents which occurred during the 2015-2016 school year — from Aug. 20, 2015 to June 21, 2016 were included. Germantown Pulse limited the reports to violent offenses, such as assaults; sexual offenses; drug offenses; weapons related offenses; or vandalism (ASDWV) reports. Thefts, burglaries, and larcenies were not included.

The data is broken up by the six police districts in Montgomery County. However, local police such as Rockville City and Gaithersburg City Police reports were included within the MCPD districts where the school was located.

When reading this report, it is important to note that the DataMontgomery.gov does not include if arrests were made, or specifics about the crime. It only records that the police were called to a school location because of an alleged criminal act. It is also important to remember that some of the reported offenses may have occurred when school was not in session, either on the weekend or overnight. However, for the Germantown/Clarksburg area schools the data presented does not include incidents which occurred between 5:00 am and 7:00 pm when students or staff would not have been at school.

Again, the data on which this report is based does not include information on whether the parties involved were students, teachers, staff, parents, or just individuals who happened to be on school property while doing something which required the police to be called. It only says that the police were called and the general class description of the crime.