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Durham violent crime rate ranks 7th among like-sized Southeast cities

Posted July 9, 2008

— Durham ranks below six comparably sized cities, including Greensboro, in violent crime per 100,000 people, the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau says in a new report.

The bureau used 2007 crime statistics to create the latest edition of its annual report, issued Wednesday.

When the city and county are taken together, the bureau said, the crime rate drops from 798 per 100,000 to 733, putting Winston-Salem higher.

The bureau said it developed the report with Durham police to provide civic, business and neighborhood leaders with annual information to put crime in perspective for visitors and newcomers.

The report covers 10 Southeastern cities and 29 nationally.

Raleigh is lowest in violent crime among the Southeastern communities.

Violent crime includes homicides, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

The list for 2007 crime is:

  1. Chattanooga - 1,294
  2. Columbia, SC - 1,267
  3. Greensboro - 971
  4. Richmond - 958
  5. Norfolk, VA - 844
  6. Ft. Lauderdale - 810
  7. Durham (City Only) 798
  8. Winston-Salem - 772
  9. Durham (City and County) - 733
  10. Savannah (includes Chatham County) - 633
  11. Raleigh - 571

Durham City ranked 22nd for violent crime out of 29 cities nationwide. Raleigh and Mobile, Ala., tied for the lowest violent-crime ranking in cities surveyed.


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  • Tired_of_LIBERALS Jul 11, 2008


    Just because you don't like a fact, doesn't mean that the person posting that fact is racist. Constantly labeling folks that way should make you think about some "self introspection" of your own.

  • The Fox Jul 10, 2008

    Thanks for the Chattanooga link Harrison. Sad as it's as I suspected.

  • 68_polara Jul 10, 2008

    I'm for justice, if you hate whether you hate black or white people it's racism. I've read your posts that actually get posted and if you don't think they are racist I you really need to do some self introspection. Life is short there's no room for hate. We need love and help one another.

  • iamforjustice Jul 10, 2008

    Ok I am tired of you all deleting my posts. Tell me, what is PC on here? If I can't post my truthful opinion then what can I post? What gets censored? I don't curse and I don't make racial remarks but others do and their stuff gets posted.

  • iamforjustice Jul 10, 2008

    Very good post issymake. And by the way...Raleigh is just as bad as Durham. Crime is rampant everywhere. I moved to Oxford and crime is bad there to. You just can't get away from it.

  • Cristoforo Jul 10, 2008

    I've lived in Durham for 40 + yrs. and yes times have changed. Too many people out of work, school dropouts, and a rising increase in gang bangers, etc. I don't think the black communities should be singled out for the higher crime areas but there seems to be a trend.

  • oldschooltarheel Jul 10, 2008

    adding in Durham county is truly pathetic - too transparent to even be humorless. Reeks of desperation, perspiration & sweaty palms - nice work at manipulatin' them numbas - it is sooo more betta now - almost jes like Chapel Hill!

  • FragmentFour Jul 10, 2008

    Eh - sorry. I should have read all the other posts before I jumped in typing. If the numbers represent a percentage of the entire population, then they do make sense. Sorta.

  • FragmentFour Jul 10, 2008

    I've got a question about that listing... How on earth does the Durham (city only) have a higher rate than Durham (county and city)? Now THAT takes talent!

  • Space Mountain Jul 10, 2008

    Durham's crime problem is due to the fact that it has a lot of "old and busted" areas that the city handed over to criminals. "Proud" Durhamites point to the fact that crime is in "pockets" but those pockets will burst if they continue to be ignored. When (not if) that happens, I don't want to be there.

    Well, we've already seen in burst to Chapel Hill with the murder of Eve Carson.