(OCEAN PINES, Del.) - The Ocean Pines community takes pride in being one of the safest in Maryland. A recent police report confrims that level of safety.
During the last year, service calls to the police deparment were up by 10% and traffic stops were up by 13.8%, but a newly released annual report from the police department reveals that there was less serious crime and traffic accidents in the town.
Denise Sawyer, Marketing and Public Relations Director of the Ocean Pines Associaion, credits a proactive and reactive community.
"A lot of residents are very engaged in what's going on. I like to think of them as nosy neighbors, people who are not afraid of contacting police with suspicious activities. We have a very robust and active neighborhood watch organization that's comprised of residents and folks who volunteer their time," Sawyer says.
Sawyer does not want this report of less serious crime to cause residents to let their guard down. 2018 was still a very busy year for the police department. They had a higher number of burglaries to respond to, many of which ended in arrest and items being recovered.