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Serious crimes down in Winston-Salem, police chief reports

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Winston-Salem Police Department released crime statistics from 2013 that show the number of murders was up, but the number of violent crimes was down over all.

"We're not pleased with where we are now. In particular, our homicides, where we have seen an increase from 2012-2013," said Police Chief Barry Rountree.

Winston-Salem police investigated 15 murders in 2013, compared to eight in 2012. Rountree says several people were killed over domestic disputes and drugs last year.

“Future plans are to add additional personnel to our special investigations division. That's the division that primarily investigates drug offenses,” said Rountree.

Statistics show the department is doing a lot of things right as well. Winston-Salem detectives are solving a lot of murders. Plus, the number of rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults has dropped significantly over the past five years.

Department officials say that's because more officers are patrolling the streets and they're working closely with the community.

"All of these results are significant because during 2013, fewer of our citizens were victims of their homes being broken into, their vehicles being stolen, and fewer were victims of aggravated assaults," said Rountree.

City officials plan to hold a forum Feb. 1 to talk about the rise in murders and discuss possible solutions.

6 comments

  • Max R. Pardon

    Good job Winston-Salem Forsyth County North Carolina United States of America. Having less hidden serpents attacking the psyche has something to do with it I am assuming.

    • Max R. Pardon

      Personally I want to thank Senator Biden, Senator Obama, and President Bush for making the NW peidmont safer by helping me capture 119 of those hidden dangers and making me aware of the 20 year problem that was just too risky having the problem enter NC. Thanks big three, and also thanks to Senator Burr for other work done making the state and nation safer, from natural terror and unrehabilated terror. This summer is going to be great fun walking barefooted in the pastures and waterway areas.

      • Max R. Pardon

        And a thank you to Rep. Foxx looking ol so strong and good in the house as a chair leader doing the paper work while the rest of us a catch the love for our country and making th perfect paper for our district and state. On National Compliment Day thank you, you are doing a great job.

      • Max R. Pardon

        And a thank you to Rep. Foxx looking ol so strong and good in the house as a chair leader doing the paper work while the rest of us a catch the love for our country and making th perfect paper for our district and state. On National Compliment Day thank you, you are looking good!

  • Bigjohn

    Crime down in Winston Salem and Greensboro??? You mean a different way of reporting it. Hey I have some good land for sale in the everglades and cheap too.

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