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Violent crime, gang activity down in Raleigh

Posted June 30, 2011

— Homicides, rapes and robberies fell to five-year lows in Raleigh last year, while gang activity and the overall crime rate also dropped, according to a report released by Raleigh police Wednesday.

Major crimes in Raleigh – which include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft – fell 7.18 percent in 2010, compared to a year earlier. The rate of major crimes was 3,707.92 crimes per 100,000 people.

Gang-related incidents dropped from 1,417 in 2009 to 875 in 2010, a 38 percent decline. Police said they developed new strategies and partnered with community groups to combat gang activity over the past year.

Probation 2010 Raleigh crime report

The number of homicides fell to 14 last year – down 60 percent from 35 homicides in 2008.

Most of the decline happened in southeast Raleigh, where police have stepped up beat patrols and community outreach efforts. Twenty-one slayings occurred there in 2008, but only three in 2010.

Robberies fell to 682 last year from a five-year high of 1,065 in 2008. The largest decrease occurred in home invasions, at 36.25 percent.

The report attributed the drop in robberies to police tactics targeting robberies and repeat offenders and to recent training in robbery suppression for all officers.

Burglaries declined about 5.5 percent from a spike in 2009 to 3,043 last year. That brings it nearly down to the 2006 level of burglaries.

Larcenies also fell 7.6 percent from a 2009 spike to 9,183, in the line with the five-year average.

Motor vehicle thefts went up from 911 in 2009 to 957 in 2010, but remain below 2006 levels.

Arrests for prostitution and drug violations went up dramatically between 2008 and 2010 as police more aggressively enforced those laws. Prostitution arrests went up 259 percent, and drug arrests were up 9.6 percent.

Police stated in the report that they concentrated on those offenses because they are often related to violent crime involving drug dealing.

Police credited the drop in crime to new strategies including putting more officers on the street, regularly interacting with people in the same neighborhoods. Police also reached out at-risk youths, creating mentor programs, baseball and basketball leagues and summer camps.

The police department plans to expand those initiatives to the northern and northeastern sections of Raleigh this year.

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  • MikeNC29 Jul 4, 8:22 a.m.

    Last poster, did you miss the part of the article that notes that the most dramatic decrease in crime occurred in Southeast Raleigh? Part of Southeast Raleigh is inside the beltline. Also, the crime rate inside the beltline is not to my knowledge, any higher than the crime rate outside the beltline.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 30, 7:18 p.m.

    The population increase has lowered the crime rates.

    Raleigh has grown over 100,000 during the last 10 years.

    Seeing that the 100,000 was mostly educated people in the suburbs of Raleigh, that means those from inside the beltline committing most of the crime is now a lower percentage of the total population, therefore crime is down.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 30, 7:17 p.m.

    Based on what the media is reporting, it appears that Raleigh has adopted Cary's practice of under reporting crime.

  • skinnygranny Jun 30, 5:10 p.m.

    Concealed handgun permits at work.
    Bet the crime hasn't fallen any in New York City where citizens can't own guns.

  • Thought Criminal WS Jun 30, 4:55 p.m.

    "personally they have done me no harm, so perhaps its you that has the problem not them. haggis basher"

    And therein is the key: personally they have done me no harm. As for those of us whose shed doors have been busted open, copper stolen off our AC units, or come home to find a small group of people taking up residence on your patio... your mind will change quickly.

    The rest continue to live in fantasy land and tell everyone else how wrong they are, how they are haters or racists, or quoting right wing political dribble... until it hits home.

    Good to know you're willing to put other citizens at risk for YOUR misguided beleifs.

  • WooHoo2You Jun 30, 4:16 p.m.

    can't tell-autismawareness

    Why? Is that due to the fact you are rarely if ever a victim of "violent crime and / or gang violence" therefore have nothing to base your observations on?

    Golo'ers get very upset when there is good news.

  • autismawareness Jun 30, 4:00 p.m.

    can't tell

  • haggis basher Jun 30, 3:49 p.m.

    "Yhank you."

    And whats a Yhank???????

  • haggis basher Jun 30, 3:47 p.m.

    "Except for all of the dope dealers hanging on the street corners every Friday evening warning via cell phone their comrades when the police are in the area. Other than that they approach vehicles boldly offering their trash drugs to commuters going home to their families."

    The article says crime was down not gone. Perhaps if the commuters stopped buying, they would stop selling......

  • jaydosse Jun 30, 3:46 p.m.

    "Do any of them take debit cards?
    Click to view my profile - fayncmike" -

    :):):)):):):):):):):):):):)

    They probably do, at gunpoint, but I seriously doubt if they return them to the owner.

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