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FBI stats show violent crime down in much of Triangle

Posted November 10, 2014

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— Violent crime was down nationwide and across much of the Triangle last year, according to FBI statistics released Monday.

The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 4.4 percent in 2013 when compared with 2012 data, while the violent crime rate declined 5.1 percent nationwide, the FBI said.

In Raleigh, violent crimes dropped by nearly 100, or about 5.5 percent, from 2012, meaning the crime rate dropped to 392 incidents per 100,000 residents last year from 423 per 100,000 residents.

In Cary, the number of violent crimes dropped 11.3 percent, with the rate declining from 81 per 100,000 residents in 2012 to 68 per 100,000 residents last year.

Violent crimes in Chapel Hill declined by 18.4 percent. The rate went down from 148 per 100,000 residents in 2012 to 121 per 100,000 residents last year.

Durham's numbers are broken out in the 2013 FBI crime statistics. An FBI spokeswoman said providing data is voluntary, and not every law enforcement agency participates.

Fayetteville's crime rate went from 576 incidents per 100,000 residents in 2012 to 578 per 100,000 residents last year, as the number of crimes dropped by 1 percent while the population fell by 1.7 percent.

Property crimes also were down nationally and in many area cities, according to the FBI report.

Nationwide, property crimes decreased 4.1 percent. In Raleigh, the number of such crimes dropped 4.6 percent, and they dropped 14.3 percent in Chapel Hill and 6.9 percent in Fayetteville. Property crimes were up 8.6 percent in Cary last year.


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  • ncprr1 Nov 11, 2014

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    Other countries lock up their violent criminals. We send them back out to repeat their offenses over and over again. Nearly all violent crimes are by repeat offenders that are release by bleeding hearts.

  • Sean Creasy Nov 11, 2014
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    .... Because our court system is fatally flawed. Criminals don't get punished for their crimes here like other countries do. Instead they just get a slap on the hand until they commit a capital crime like murder. Other countries actually PUNISH criminals with harsh sentences and make life in prison undesirable so that their criminals don't EVER want to go back. Our prisons by comparison are resorts with cable TV, weight rooms, decent food, heating and cooling, free laundry, and free medical...

  • iopsyc Nov 11, 2014

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    Do you have any proof to back up your claim that changes in CCW laws should get credit?

  • bill0 Nov 11, 2014

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    It's a national total, so durham would essentially have a 0.000% impact. Besides that, durham is clearly a lot safer than it was just a few years ago.

    As for GA, seriously? Our state GA caused a nationwide reduction in crime? Yeah. That makes sense. Sure. The truth is that crime rates have been dropping in the US for almost 20 years now. Local politicians like to take credit, but obviously nothing we do in NC is going to cause a crime decline for the entire nation.

  • Paul Donovan Nov 11, 2014
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    Notice that Durham didn't report their numbers. I wonder how that would affect the total. The decline is due to the concealed carry law that was passed by the GA.

  • LocalYokel Nov 11, 2014

    Is being bludgeoned by a car that broke traffic laws considered a violent crime?

  • monami Nov 10, 2014

    "the estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 4.4 percent in 2013 when compared with 2012 data..."

    Don't go celebrating the "decrease" reported here just yet. Just wait til they crunch the 2014 data! I expect it will be a double-digit increase YTY.

  • 68_dodge_polara Nov 10, 2014

    Keep up the good work CCWs!

  • Vietnam Vet Nov 10, 2014

    Violent crime is down, but yet there isn't a day goes by you don't read about a home invasion somewhere...

  • Itsmyopinion67 Nov 10, 2014

    That's because a well-armed society is a polite society.