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Durham mayor praises city in annual address

Posted February 5, 2013

— Durham Mayor Bill Bell praised his community Monday night for a decrease in overall crime rate in 2012, but said Durham residents must "unite and get serious" about holding gun offenders and irresponsible gun dealers accountable. 

In his 11th annual "State of the City" address, Bell said that Durham's overall crime rate declined about 7.5 percent in 2012, and its homicides were down 19 percent, from 26 in 2011 to 21 last year. 

"The overall trend of reducing crime is moving in the right direction, but I think as a community we can do better," he said in his speech. "I'm sure that we will."

Bell also spent time addressing the city's budget challenges, saying the area needed to grow its tax base by attracting companies in high-growth industries that renovate or build new space and work with existing private sector business owners to improve their buildings. 

Visit the City of Durham's website to read the full text of Bell's speech.

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  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 7, 10:08 a.m.

    "I am not a fan of the left-wing liberal thinking at all but, it sounds like someone may be getting it right after all. Hold the "gun offender" accountable, not me. I didn't commit the crime!!"

    Actually this is an effort buy liberal Durham leaders to portray all gun owners and dealers as criminals instead of those who are actually committing the crimes. With the leaders and media we have today we must all think critically.

  • husk8corn Feb 6, 3:25 p.m.

    Beat the same drum like the rest!

  • paultaylorsr100 Feb 6, 1:03 p.m.

    " . . . unite and get serious" about holding gun offenders and irresponsible gun dealers accountable."

    I am not a fan of the left-wing liberal thinking at all but, it sounds like someone may be getting it right after all. Hold the "gun offender" accountable, not me. I didn't commit the crime!!

  • aetius476 Feb 6, 10:53 a.m.

    I guess mayor Bill does not sppend much time on the American Tobacco Trail.

    What a joke, the guy is simply a shameless promoter.....

  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 6, 10:05 a.m.

    Apparently still no plan to get to the root of Durham's problems.

  • lkahn1 Feb 6, 9:39 a.m.

    How about gang violence?? The decline of the family?? Absolutely clueless!!

  • dryjr Feb 6, 9:32 a.m.

    Violent crimes a re down ,but non-violent(burglaries etc)are waaaaay up. I know personally this month. And the police are useless. 2 hours to respond to my house,no follow up.

  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 6, 9:10 a.m.

    Durham already has the most far reaching gun restrictions and registration process in the state of North Carolina but one of the highest crime rates, and yet the mayor continues to blame guns. Why?

  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 6, 9:02 a.m.

    Again... it's not the guns that are committing the crimes it's repeat violent felons that the court system won't keep in prison.