Durham County

Violent crime up, property crime down in 2016. Overall, Durham rate down since 2000

The City of Medicine’s crime rates are in line with national trends.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its nationwide, accumulative crime statistics for 2016 this week. The figures showed an increase in violent crime for a second straight year across the United States. For the 14th year in a row, U.S. property crime numbers decreased.

In Durham, violent crime increased and property crime decreased.

Compared to 2015, Durham saw a 2 percent increase in violent crime in 2016 and a 5 percent decrease in property crime.

Nationally, violent crime rose 4.1 percent in 2016 while property crime fell 1.3 percent.

Durham crime has fallen since the turn of the millennium.

In 2000, there were 979.07 violent crimes and 7,717.4 property crimes committed for every 100,000 Durham residents compared to 2016’s 886.42 violent crimes and 3,934.8 property crimes per 100,000 citizens.

There were an estimated 17,250 murders in the U.S. last year, an 8.6 percent increase over 2015. Yet, murders only accounted for 1.4 percent of all U.S. violent crime. Aggravated assaults made up 64.3 percent of the whole.

With 95,730 reported rapes nationally, rape represented 7.7 percent of all 2016 violent crimes based on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting definition of the crime.

The Durham Police Department reported 37 murders in 2015 and 42 in 2016, a 13.5 percent increase, but also reported a 6 percent decrease in aggravated assaults.

An FBI tally showed 7.9 million U.S. property crimes committed in 2016 with losses, excluding arson, totaling about $15.6 billion.

Burglaries were at a 20-year low in Durham in 2016.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks