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Durham Murder Rate Drops 20 Percent in 1997

Posted January 6, 1998 12:00 a.m. EST

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

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

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

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