Durham County ranked 2nd in violent crime in North Carolina in 2015

The State Bureau of Investigation reports that the overall crime rate in North Carolina dropped in 2015.

But violent crime increased in 2015, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported. A drop in property crimes resulted in the improvement in the overall rate.

The SBI has released the 2015 figures, 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.

Durham County has the second highest violent crime rate in the state, at 785 per 100,000 residents. Robeson County was at the top of list with 915.4 per 100,000. Wake County came in at 246.5.

Raleigh had 16 homicides in 2015, the same as the year before.

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 says there were 559 homicides in North Carolina in 2015. That's a 7 percent increase from 2014. About one in every six homicides occurred Charlotte-Mecklenburg or Durham.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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