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Officials credit public’s assistance for drop in crime rates

Twin County law enforcement officials said residents share their pride in local crime reductions reported Wednesday in the State Bureau of Investigation’s 2013 Uniform Crime Report.

According to the report, Rocky Mount had a six percent decrease in index crimes, which includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault in the violent crime category and burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft in the property crime category. All of the categories saw a decrease except for rape and robbery, which had slight increases.

“We – Rocky Mount citizens and the police department – engaged in proactive initiatives to reduce crime in 2013,” Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore said. “We haven’t won the war against crime, but we’ve won more battles than we’ve lost.” (Source: Read more)

Overall crime rates fall in Twin Counties, N.C. – Rocky Mount Telegram

Twin County law enforcement agencies largely reported crime reductions in 2013 when compared with 2012, according to statistics released this morning by the State Bureau of Investigation.

According to the 2013 Uniform Crime Report, overall crime in North Carolina decreased by 7 percent, which continues a six-year downward trend and marks the state’s lowest crime rate per 100,000 people since 1974. The violent crime rate per 100,000 North Carolinians decreased by 5.4 percent. Among those reductions is a 10.2 percent decline in rape, a 1.9 percent decline in robbery and a 3.8 percent decrease in murder. (Source: Read more)