The overall crime rate in North Carolina continued to decline last year, reaching the lowest level since 1974, according to a report released this week by the State Bureau of Investigation.
Crime rates also declined in each county of the Triangle, but two cities – Cary and Durham – reported an increase in the number of crimes, in both cases because of a growing number of property crimes.
Statewide, the crime rate dropped 7 percent last year, continuing a downward trend that began in 2005. The rate of violent crime – murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – was 339.5 per 100,000 residents, while the property crime rate – burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft – was 3,166.6.
The most dramatic decline in recent years has been in motor vehicle thefts, largely thanks to increasingly common antitheft technology such as ignition immobilizers that prevent a vehicle from starting without the owner’s key. The motor vehicle theft rate per 100,000 residents last year was 149.2, down 57 percent since 2006.
In the Triangle, the report shows:
Statewide, arrests among juveniles under age 18 for violent crimes ticked up last year by less than 1 percent, following nearly a decade of declines. Still, violent crime arrests among juveniles were down about 39 percent last year compared to 2004.