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Durham Murder Rate Drops 20 Percent in 1997

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DURHAM — Many people think of Durham as the crimecapital of the Triangle, but the Bull City's murder rate droppedsignificantly in 1997. After a record breaking 42 murders in 1996, only 34homicides were reported last year -- a 20 percent decrease.

Police say the murder rate is heading in the right direction, but morecan be done.

"One is too many, so we're still going to concentrate on the violence thatwesee in this town," said Fran Borden of the Durham Police Department.

Durham police say their efforts to cut down on violence in high crime areasis the main reason for the reduction in the murder rate.

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