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Despite worries, crime down in southeast Raleigh

Posted July 7, 2010
Updated December 3, 2010

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— Raleigh police say crime is down across the board in a part of downtown that neighbors believe is a regular trouble spot.

The latest trouble happened Tuesday evening when three people were shot in the 900 block of Edenton Street – part of the Raleigh Police Department's Southeast District.

"More patrolling would help, because when people see police cars, whatever they were going to do, they don't do," longtime resident Elizabeth Atkinson said.

Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said there is already increased patrolling in the area. Coupled with an active community policing program, the extra patrols have led to a decrease in the number of crimes, he said.

Overall reported crime was down 16 percent from January to June, and violent crime was down 24 percent from the same time last year.

In the first six months of last year, there were five homicides and 160 robberies. So far this year, the district has had one homicide and 80 robberies.

Crime down in troubled Raleigh neighborhood Crime down in troubled Raleigh neighborhood

Police are still searching for suspects in Tuesday night's shooting. Witnesses reported hearing a dozen or more gunshots around 9:30 p.m.

The victims, Lamar Rashad Kinlaw, 19; Mikal Jajuan Jordan, 16; and a 14-year-old boy were taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police haven't released a motive for the shooting but are searching a white, four-door 2000 Chevrolet Malibu that might be connected to the case.

Investigators ask that anyone with information that might assist the case contact the Raleigh Police Department's Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP.

CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve case.


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  • bonez Jul 13, 2010

    Here is a link to a nice site streaming live Police, Fire & EMS audio for wake county: http://www.wakecountylivescanner.com

  • exquisite1 Jul 8, 2010

    No matter what the "statistics" say, I know for a fact that southeast Raleigh is still the worst crime-ridden area in Raleigh....Period. Just listen to the Wake County & Raleigh Police scanner for a few nights in a row & you'll know it too.

  • SouthernLady05 Jul 8, 2010

    I would also like to add that the Districts in Raleigh have recently (within past few months) been re-mapped. The SE Raleigh District no longer covers the entire same area that it has in the past. This might also be a reason for the 'drop' in crime stats.

    I would take this news report with an extreme grain of salt.

  • u stand corrected Jul 8, 2010

    So everyone move to the southeast part of Raleigh! Stupidity!!!

  • SouthernLady05 Jul 8, 2010

    " I am trying to understand were they get there numbers"
    They get their numbers from police reports and calls.

    Tis true that crime may be down in SE Raleigh. This is only b/c it's now spread out into other districts.... especially the NE area. (Capital, Newbern, etc. ) Drjones74 is completly right... crime follows targets. I'd wager if crime patters are looked at in SE Raleigh's surrounding areas (include K-dale).... you'd see a rise

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 7, 2010

    How do they or we know that the crime is down? How do we know they aren't telling a lie? I am not saying they are lieing but I am trying to understand were they get there numbers & most of the time people don't report things.

  • drjones74 Jul 7, 2010

    NCcarguy, your use of logic is applauded, as it is often in short supply around here. However, crime follows targets. That's why so much crime is migrating outside the beltline. Your point has nothing to do with crime reduction in society as a whole.

  • rroutput Jul 7, 2010

    Crime will go down a significant percentage with every hiphop niteclub that gets replaced by a trance/electro club.

  • NoFreakinWay Jul 7, 2010

    tell that to the 3 shot last night!

  • twc Jul 7, 2010

    NCcarguy, I caught that subtle threat. That's how some crime happens--no matter what area--but particularly in the area being discussed. Trust me!!