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Overall crime rate down in N.C.; violent crime up

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The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The overall crime rate in North Carolina dropped in 2015, but violent crime increased, according to the State Bureau of Investigation. A drop in property crimes resulted in the improvement in the overall rate.

The figures for 2015 are the latest available.

The report says the overall crime rate dropped 3.5 percent in 2015. That continues a downward trend that started a decade ago.

But the rate for murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault increased nearly 7 percent. The rate for burglaries, larceny, arson and motor vehicle theft dropped nearly 5 percent from 2014.

Figures from the FBI show that the North Carolina numbers follow the same trend as the national report.

The FBI reported in September that the violent crime rate rose in 2015 while the property crime rate dropped. Despite the increase in 2015, the national violent crime rate was less than half of its 1991 peak.

The SBI said there were 559 homicides in North Carolina in 2015, a 7 percent increase from 2014. About one in every six homicides occurred in Charlotte-Mecklenburg or Durham.

In Greenville, the crime rate decreased 8 percent, according to the SBI report. Violent crimes dropped to 474 in 2015 from 510 in 2014, including murder (down to four from seven) and rape (down to 13 from 37).

Pitt County had a decrease in its crime index (crimes per 100,000 population) of 3,584.7 in 2015 to 3,307.7 in 2015. The violent crime rate rose from 426.8 to 441.9, but the property crime rate dropped from 3,157.9 in 2014 to 2,685.9 in 2015.

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