SBI report: NC crime rate continues downward trend
Posted October 8, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — The State Bureau of Investigation released its annual report Wednesday that shows overall crime in North Carolina decreased in 2013 by 7 percent from the previous year.
The drop continues a six-year downward trend and marks the state’s lowest crime rate since 1974.
The 2013 Uniform Crime Report, which is based on information compiled from law enforcement agencies across the state, also shows the state’s violent crime rate fell by 5.4 percent in 2013. Rape decreased by 10.2 percent; robbery dropped by 1.9 percent; homicide dropped by 3.8 percent; and aggravated assault went down 6.4 percent.
The state’s overall crime rate is down 24.4 percent compared with a decade ago, while violent crime is down 26.3 percent, according to the report.
“While we welcome this downward trend, law enforcement needs to remain vigilant on many fronts as we see more gang activity and possible terrorist threats,” SBI Acting Director B.W. Collier said in a statement.