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Raleigh report: Gang crimes down

Gang-related crimes in Raleigh was down by nearly half last year, and reports of gang activity also decreased, according to a report released Monday by the Raleigh Police Department.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Gang-related crimes in Raleigh was down by nearly half last year, and reports of gang activity also decreased, according to a report released Monday by the Raleigh Police Department.

The report on gang activity in 2009 found that among gang-related crimes, drug cases were down 43 percent; firearms cases dropped 53 percent; assaults decreased 67 percent; and robberies were down by 56 percent.

Police credited the decrease to collaborations with community groups, proactive intervention measures, gang prevention and aggressive enforcement.

The police department estimates there are 56 separate gangs or gang sets in Raleigh, with membership estimated at 3,070.

About 76 percent of these gang members are between 16 and 25 years old, according to the report. Half of all gang members are in the 18-to-22 age range.

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