Durham crime falls 41 percent outside city limits

Jul. 20, 2013 @ 05:23 PM

Durham crime outside the city limits fells 41.6 percent in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2012, sheriff’s officials reported this week.
The drop was especially sharp in property crimes, including larcenies and burglaries.
Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews pointed to the increased use of social media and the willingness of residents to report suspicious activity as possible reasons for the lower numbers.
“Proactive, rather than reactive, law enforcement is our objective,” Andrews said.
Crime fell in every major category. Here are the figures for the first half of 2013 compared to the same six months last year:
- Murder, down from two to none.
- Rape, down from two to none.
- Robbery, down from nine to eight.
- Aggravated assault, down from 25 to 13.
- Burglary, down from 193 to 104.
- Larceny, down from 276 to 165.
- Motor vehicle theft, down from 29 to 23.
- Arson, down from two to one.
Altogether, the number of reported crimes dropped from 538 to 314.
In addition, the value of property lost to crime fell slightly – from $1,008,285 in the first half of 2012 to $974,647 this year. But the value of property that deputies recovered also dropped – from $297,290 to $268,411.