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Durham Police: Most Major Crime Rates Down From This Time Last Year

Posted September 19, 2005 7:54 a.m. EDT

— Crime is dropping in the Bull City, but the murder rate is rising, according to a new report released Monday by the Durham Police Department.

The police department reported a 17 percent decrease in violent crime, such as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, in the first six months of 2005, as well as a 5 percent decrease in property crime. The total number of reported crimes dropped 6 percent, according to the report.

The number of murders, however, rose 20 percent from 15 during the first six months of 2004 to 18 during the same period in 2005.

Durham police also say they are solving more crimes.