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Durham leaders keep pushing to lower crime rate

Posted July 27, 2012

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— When it comes to reducing violent crime, Durham leaders believe the city is on the right track.

Durham's violent crime rate is more than double the rate in Wake County. Mayor Bill Bell and members of a special roundtable have been meeting since late last year to develop crime-fighting strategies.

Those strategies include improving communication and coordination between law enforcement, the District Attorney's Office and judges.

At a community meeting Thursday night, Bell said building trust between neighbors and law enforcement will help lower Bull City’s crime rate.

“I think the cooperation from the community is very key,” he said. “And getting the community to know law enforcement and getting law enforcement to know the community, I think is very, very important. And I think the sheriff and the police chief have taken steps in that fashion.”

Durham leaders did reveal a bit of good news during the meeting: a graph showing that crimes involving guns declined from March 2011 to June 2012.


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  • Lovely Breeze Jul 30, 2012

    I live in Durham and this article is a joke! Crime is definitely getting progressively worse a man just got attacked on Friday in the park. He was minding his own business riding his bicycle and 4 fools beat him up to try to rob him and it didn't even really make the news there was a very small article about it and he's listed in critcal condition! This happened 2 days after this so called "round table". They need to do what every other city does....cops need to "walk the beat" crime is only going to get worse if they keep pretending like it's getting better.

  • wakewiseone Jul 27, 2012

    i see no causal analysis in the article between what is being done to curb crime and the effect on the incidence of crime itself.

    maybe its just happenstance.

  • NCHighlander Jul 27, 2012

    Durham has a large population of people who neither respect the law, life, or each other. That being said, the crime rate will stay high and nothing will change that because those people keep breeding and raising another generation to live as animals. Good people of Durham be careful and stay safe. It's only going to get worse.

  • dirtydozen431 Jul 27, 2012

    Look to the culture that favors criminal activity as means of employment and to government programs that subsidize tax consuming lifesyles.

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  • promethianfire Jul 27, 2012

    Durham's approach to reducing crime is foolproof, they will just under-report it. 300 car thefts in the past months, retired fireman murdered in his home, why even the police chief's car has been fired upon. If you look at the Durham County Crime map and alerts link to the left of the story, Durham is covered in crime.

  • BubbaDuke Jul 27, 2012

    If Durham approaches reducing crime the way it handles dealing with the homeless population, little will change. Durham ignores the homeless and is content to let area charities like Meet Me at the Bridge, the Durham Rescue Mission, and Urban Ministries deal with them. Last year we had a Homeless for a Night Sleepout in downtown Durham and one Durham County councilman turned up to lend his support. No one from the city of Durham bothered. They'd like to sweep the problem under the street because it affects tourism and businesses they want to attract to the downtown area.

    Now if Durham uses the same approach with crime, all they're going to do is push the criminals to the outskirts of the area and point to how crime in the middle city is down. Look at the Durham arrest records each week and you'll find that most are drug related. If drugs is the problem, get the courts system online so you can pursue and prosecute and make drugs an unprofitable venture in Durham County.

  • starvingdog Jul 27, 2012

    Tough penalties, yes. But also, as a nation, we need to get back to having kids work! Ones who want to, can't find a summer job. All newspapers are now delivered by adults driving cars. First job I had was at 13 delivering newspapers. 30 years ago, local industries and businesses made it a point to hire high school or college kids for the summer. If at least some of the kids could work instead of 'hang out' then we might actually prevent some from ever hitting prison the first time...

  • readme Jul 27, 2012

    I don't know where people are getting all this optimism for Durham. Go a few blocks away from a major road or the renovated parts of downtown. It hasn't changed in the almost 30 years I have lived there. Maybe stats lie, because my personal feeling is it's getting worse.

  • readme Jul 27, 2012

    I agree with mr. seven below, although I know we have to propose less extreme measures if we even want changes. There really is little deterrent through a stiff punishmnt factor anymore. Look at the stats for what percent of convictions are repeat offenders. I really don't mind spending tax money for prisons! Let's let everyout out who isn't doing anything to hurt anyone else, such as drug users, etc, and let's leave the thiefs and violent offenders in there a little more. And while they're there, let's make life a little harder for them than it is now.