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Durham crime rate dropped last year

Posted March 2, 2010

— Police Chief Jose Lopez said Monday that the rate of violent crimes in Durham dropped by 11 percent last year, and the overall crime rate was down by 3 percent.

There were 713 violent crimes per 100,000 residents last year, down from 813 in 2008, according to data Lopez presented to the Durham City Council. Property crimes per 100,000 residents dropped from 5,333 in 2008 to 5,203 last year.

The number of homicides in Durham fell from 24 to 21, while the number of reported rapes went from 71 to 67. Robberies fell from 889 in 2008 to 716, and aggravated assaults went from 826 to 801.

Although vehicle thefts and larcenies also dropped last year, the number of burglaries rose 4 percent, from 3,503 to 3,655.

Lopez noted the success of the Operation Bull's Eye targeted enforcement effort. Gun crimes in the targeted areas were down 53 percent in the three years of the program, reports of shots fired were down 51 percent and calls about drug activity were down 31 percent.


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  • heelrox Mar 2, 2010

    I don't see that these number are that great, yes it's down from a year earlier, but dang it's still not down enough to make me feel safe sending my family to Durham to shop at night.

  • G-man Mar 2, 2010

    Here is a bash and it explains it all too. There are more Durham crooks in prison at the moment than on the street. I know it's a rare phenomenom but it can happen.

  • rtpduder Mar 2, 2010

    Crime's going down because the hooligans are moving to Rocky Mount.

  • CalvinCat Mar 2, 2010

    I think it is a crime that the Durham City leaders are thinking of ANOTHER Property tax increase. Nothing like having people barely hanging on & them the govt stepping on our fingers.

  • Dolphan Mar 2, 2010

    Wow only a few weak attempts at Durham bashing so far, come on folks you can do better than that!

  • Caveman93 Mar 2, 2010

    I open carried all year.

  • dare107 Mar 2, 2010

    Crime Rate Stayed about the same in Durham County Law Enforcement.though!!!!!! Now if they would get around to charging the guy from the Sherrif's Department that embezzeled all that money!!!!! What is up with that????

  • axepack Mar 2, 2010

    "Price of ammunition went up."
    - larky74406

    I laughed pretty good at that one.

  • exposure102 Mar 2, 2010

    Ah yeah, the daily bash Durham post.

    How much did the crime in Raleigh go up from the public transportation busing the criminals over?

  • larky74406 Mar 2, 2010

    Price of ammunition went up.