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What are Crime Rates in North Carolina?


North Carolina’s crime rate saw a slight decline in 2011, dipping 0.9 percent to 3,919.8 incidents per 100,000 people, according to the North Carolina Department of Justice. Crimes in both major categories - violent and property - declined.

Violent crime saw a sizable drop of 5.2 percent, from 373.9 per 100,000 people in 2010 to 354.6 in 2011. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes such as burglary declined only slightly, dipping 0.5 percent from 3,581.4 per 100,000 people to 3,565.2.

(The rate per 100,000, also known as the crime index rate, is uniform standard that states use to report crime data to the FBI.)

Here are the number of incidents in 2011 for some of the most common crimes:

  • Murder - 501
  • Rape - 1,942
  • Robbery - 9,398
  • Aggravated assault - 21,263
  • Motor vehicle theft - 16,562
  • Arson - 1,754

Crimes By Region

The Charlotte-Mecklenberg area had the highest crime rate of any metropolitan area in North Carolina, with an index of 36,792 - more than double the area with the second highest crime rate. The chart below shows the crime index rates for the state’s largest metropolitan areas, as well as the number of murders, assaults and robberies.

Metro Area 2011 Crime Index Rate Change from 2010 No. of Murders in 2011 No. of Aggravated Assaults in 2011 No. of Robberies in 2011
Charlotte-Mecklenberg 36,792 -7% 55 2,901 1,612
Winston-Salem 15,454 4% 14 1,407 444
Greensboro 15,319 0% 41 873 617
Raleigh 14,962 2% 17 900 680
Feyetteville 14,024 3% 25 475 495
Durham 12,971 0% 27 916 699
Wilmington 6,367 -1% 10 366 254

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North Carolina Burglary Rates

Burglary is one of the most common crimes in North Carolina. And despite a decrease in overall crime, burglaries increased in 2011. There were 104,187 total burglaries in 2011, a 2 percent increase over the 102,432 in 2010. Residential burglaries increased 3 percent, growing to 81,532.

The Charlotte-Mecklenberg area saw the most burglaries of any North Carolina metropolitan area, with 8,536 incidents. Winston-Salem had 4,682; Feyetteville had 4,204; Greensboro had 3,990.

Benefits of Home Security Systems

Home security systems go a long way in providing peace of mind. But the benefits go beyond just good feelings: Studies have shown that homes with security systems are far less likely to be burglarized.

A Rutgers University study published in 2009 found that a steady decrease in burglaries in Newark, N.J., from 2001 to 2005 was directly linked to an increase in the number of registered home burglar alarms during the same time period.

The study, conducted with the help of the Newark Police Department, was not the first to conclude that burglars tend to avoid alarm systems. But it was the first of its kind to rule out other potential deterrents.

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