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Durham police report year-to-year crime drop

The Durham Police Department reported an 8 percent reduction in crime in the first quarter of 2009 compared to the same period in 2008.

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The Durham Police Department reported an 8 percent reduction in crime in the first quarter of 2009 compared to the same period in 2008.

Crime for the first quarter was the lowest it has been in eight years. Police received fewer calls in five of seven crime categories.

Violent crime -- murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – was down 30 percent, 147 fewer crimes, from 2008.

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