WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Crime reports have fallen across North Carolina by 2.2 percent in 2008 while violent crime dropped by 1.3 percent, according Attorney General Roy Cooper.
The overall rate of index crime per 100,000 persons in North Carolina decreased by 2.2 percent compared to 2007. The rate of violent crime per 100,000 North Carolinians dropped 1.3 percent according to reports submitted to the State Bureau of Investigation from law enforcement agencies across the state.
Rates rose in one violent crime category-robbery- by 2.2 percent. Rates for three other violent crime categories fell, with murders down 3.5 percent, rapes down 6.3 percent, and aggravated assaults down 2.7 percent.
The overall reported crime rate statewide has fallen nearly 14 percent in the past decade.
North Carolina's overall reported crime rate has fallen nearly 14 percent in the past 10 years.
"Some of the credit must go to stronger laws and diligent law enforcement," said Cooper in a statement. "But simply because we are in a decline, we cannot stop to celebrate. No level of crime is acceptable and we must be even more innovative in our efforts to fight it."
For more information about 2008 crime statistics, go to www.ncdoj.gov. Click "Crime," then "View Crime Statistics."