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Crime in Durham County falls in 2013

Posted January 10, 2014

— Crime in the unincorporated portions of Durham County fell more than 20 percent in 2013, hitting a five-year low, according to data released Friday by the sheriff's office. 

The total number of "Part 1" crimes – criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson – fell to 816, down from 1,031 in 2012. 

From 2009 to 2013, the average number of Part 1 crimes per year is 883. Those incidents are reported by the county under the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

“The men and women of the sheriff's office are working diligently to combat criminal activity in the unincorporated areas of Durham County," Sheriff Mike Andrews said in a statement. "Our crime analysis unit, utilizing new crime analysis technology, has identified specific areas in the county that have an elevated risk of criminal activity. This allows us to deploy patrol resources more efficiently and effectively. Additionally, our detectives have worked many hours identifying suspects, making arrests and preparing cases for prosecution."

Total number of UCR Part 1 crimes in 2013:

  • Criminal Homicide: 1
  • Forcible Rape: 1
  • Robbery: 13
  • Aggravated Assault: 30
  • Burglary: 326
  • Larceny 394
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 48
  • Arson: 3
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  • amfsdad Jan 10, 2014

    This is a testament to the dedication, commitment and hard work of the men and women who where that brown uniform.

    This is a fine example of when a downward trend is a good thing!

    As a citizen of Durham County, I would like to say thank you! Keep up the good work.