Latest Durham crime stats show mixed results

December 6, 2011 3:27:12 PM PST
The latest crime statistics show violent crimes on the rise in Durham. Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez presented the latest crime report Monday evening.

According to the latest data, violent crimes are up by 3 percent while the number of homicides is down slightly. A total of 22 homicides have been reported this year. That's two less last year.

Click here for Durham Police Department's Third Quarter 2011 Crime Report

Since August, five murders, including Monday's fatal shooting on Crest Street, have been reported. It's something Durham Mayor Bill Bell and other council members called unacceptable.

The mayor also said he wants police to look at putting a new program in place to address the problem.

"I take from that we need to start exploring different plans, different operations, different ways of thinking and also different ways to communicate with the community in order to get them to work with us," said Lopez.

The data did show that the number of reported robberies is at a three-year low. Property crimes and motor vehicle thefts are also down.

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