Durham County crime, outside city, fell 20 percent in 2013

From staff reportsJanuary 15, 2014 

Reported crime in unincorporated Durham County fell more than 20 percent in 2013, reaching its lowest level in more than five years.

There were 816 reported “Part 1” crimes under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting last year, 215 fewer incidents than the 1,031 incidents in 2012.

“The men and women of the Sheriff's Office are working diligently to combat criminal activity in the unincorporated areas of Durham County,” Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews said in a release. “Our Crime Analysis Unit, utilizing new crime-analysis technology, has identified specific areas in the county that have an elevated risk of criminal activity. This allows us to deploy patrol resources more efficiently and effectively. Additionally, our detectives have worked many hours identifying suspects, making arrests, and preparing cases for prosecution.”

Andrews also credited community members who have reported suspicious activity and provided tips that have helped investigators identify and catch suspects. “The combined efforts of law enforcement and the community can have a tremendous impact on reducing crime in Durham County,” he said.

Last month, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez reported that crime in the city limits was also down during the first nine months of the fiscal year. Overall incidents totaled 8,996, down from 9,036 in 2012, Violent crime dropped 8 percent.

Here are the Sheriff’s Office totals for 2013 in each Part 1 crime category:

• Criminal homicide: 1

• Forcible rape: 1

• Robbery: 13

• Aggravated assault: 30

• Burglary: 326

• Larceny 394

• Motor vehicle theft: 48

• Arson: 3

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