Durham crime numbers for 2013 show mixed results

Officials released crime numbers Thursday for the City of Durham for last year.
March 6, 2014 8:25:17 PM PST
Officials released crime numbers Thursday for the City of Durham for last year.

Overall, violent crime was down more than five percent, but violent crimes like murder and rape are up.

In 2013, there were more than 1,600 crimes in the Bull City.

There was the officer-involved shooting of Jose Ocampo after police responded to a stabbing.

There was also the shooting in broad daylight near Southpoint that landed three people behind bars.

All this violence has been packaged in a summary report Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez delivered to the Durham City Council.

" There were 30 criminal homicides reported in 2013," said Lopez.

Overall, Lopez  said the number of homicides are up 43 percent from 2012, and rapes are also up by 40 percent.

Even with these disappointing numbers, Lopez said that overall violent crimes are still down more than five-and-a-half percent.

The police department says that's due to decreases in robberies and aggravated assaults.

The chief says overall reported robberies are actually at a 23-year low, which is brighter news in a year darkened by some heavy tragedies.

The chief also says they want to improve their response times. The goal is to respond to almost 60 percent of violent crime calls in under five minutes.

They did not meet that goal so far, but were close with 54 percent.

? Click here to see the full 2013 crime report. ?

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