Crime Rate in North Carolina – Partial Improvement in Property Crime
North Carolina suffers from one of the highest murder rates in the entire United States. The most dangerous city in the state is Lumberton. This city is also considered the 4th most dangerous city in the country. In recent year, 365 recorded violent crimes took place in its territory plus 3,031 property crimes. It sums up to almost 157 crimes per 1,000 people, out of which 16.85 included violence (In the whole state, the rate is 3.47).
How safe are you if you choose to live and raise a family in Lumberton, your chances of falling victim to a violent crime is 1: 59 (in the state, the rate is 1:288 on average)
The situation in North Carolina
These concerning figures go hand in hand with an overall trend of rising crime rate statewide. According to 2015 statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, violent crime in North Carolina went higher by almost 7 percent in comparison to the year before. That meant an average of 355.8 violent crimes for every 100,000 people.
There were 559 reported homicide cases throughout the state from January to December 2015, which is 7 percent higher compared to 2014.
The good news is that in 2015, there was a significant drop in property crime (especially when it came to burglary and larceny). Compared to the previous year, property crime rates went lower by close to 5 percent.
The drop in property crime rate contributed to a drop of 3.5 percent in the overall crime rate all across the state. The largest reduction in crime took place in Wake County (-8.2 percent), Franklin County (-5.6 percent), Orange County (-4.8%) and Durham County (-3.7 percent).
It seems that North Carolina is becoming a safer place for the residents’ property. There is still much to be done regarding personal security.
For further reference:
1) Discover if a person has a criminal record in North Carolina. Use an online search tool on this website
2) Crime in the US – The FBI Uniform Crime Reporting.
3) North Carolina Crime Rates – Neighborhood Scout.