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Overall Crime Rate Drops In North Carolina

Posted August 6, 2001 11:46 a.m. EDT

— For at least the 11th year in a row, crime is down in North Carolina.

Attorney General Roy Cooper announced the figures Monday morning, saying the overall crime rate dropped almost seven percent from 1999 to 2000.

The actual number of crimes went up in many categories, but the population increase brought the percentage per 100,000 people down.

Cooper credited law enforcement, tougher sentencing and a strong economy with the percentage decrease. He also warned that the weakening economy could lead to more crime.