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Report: Total crime in Durham down, homicides up

Posted February 21, 2011 8:40 p.m. EST
Updated February 22, 2011 9:30 a.m. EST

— Overall crime in Durham was the lowest it's been in a decade last year, but homicides were up 19 percent, police chief Jose Lopez said in his presentation of the annual crime report to city council Monday.

Aggravated assaults were up nine percent, while robberies decreased seven percent, the report stated. Larcenies, property crimes and motor vehicle thefts were at a 10-year low in 2010.

Police said an initiative targeting a two-mile area with the highest concentration of gun crimes, shots-fired calls and gang members showed promising results.

The Bull's Eye area saw a 57 percent drop in violent gun crime, a 50 percent drop in shots-fired calls and a 38 percent drop in non-officer-initiated drug calls over the last three years, the report stated.