Sheriff reports crime decrease in unincorporated Durham
Unincorporated Durham County saw a drop in crime of more than 20 percent in 2013.
It’s at the lowest level in more than five years, according to year-end crime statistics compiled by the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Mike Andrews praised the agency’s investigators for “working diligently to combat criminal activity in the unincorporated areas of Durham County.”
New crime analysis technology acquired by the Sheriff’s Office allowed investigators to pinpoint areas with an elevated risk of criminal activity.
“This allows us to deploy patrol resources more efficiently and effectively,” Andrews said. “Additionally, our detectives have worked many hours identifying suspects, making arrests and preparing cases for prosecution.”
He also gave credit to the community for providing valuable information leading to arrests.
“The combined efforts of law enforcement and the community can have a tremendous impact on reducing crime in Durham County,” he said.
Under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, Part 1 crimes include criminal homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, arson, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.
In unincorporated Durham, citizens reported 816 Part 1 crimes in 2013, 215 fewer than 2012. Totals for Part 1 crimes in previous years included 980 in 2009, 1,006 in 2010 and 883 in 2011.
The specific breakdown for 2013 goes as follows:
• Criminal homicide: 1
• Rape: 1
• Robbery: 13
• Aggravated assault: 30
• Burglary: 326
• Larceny: 394
• Motor vehicle theft: 48
• Arson: 3
The numbers are down in all categories except for arson, which went up by 1 from 2012.
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