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Police: Violent crime in Wilmington down 12%

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Violent crime in Wilmington was down in the last quarter of 2013, according to the Wilmington Police Department. Violent crime in Wilmington was down in the last quarter of 2013, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Violent crime in Wilmington was down in the last quarter of 2013, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

A spokesperson for WPD said preliminary numbers from Oct. – Dec. 2013 show violent crime has gone down 12 percent. During this same time period in 2012, violent crime was up 77 percent.

"The hard work of the men and women of the Wilmington Police Department and the innovative partnerships with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office and the Wilmington Housing Authority have helped to reduce crime in the Port City," said Chief Ralph Evangelous.

Evangelous credits citizens for picking up the phone and reporting when they see suspicious activity.

According to police, armed robberies and other violent crimes typically spike during Oct. – Dec., leading up to the holiday season.

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