Statistics show drop in overall crime, increase in homicides for Winston-Salem in 2016

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem Police Department released Friday morning a combined list of the city’s 2016 crime statistics.

So far in 2016, the number of rapes, aggravated assaults, thefts, and murders has increased over the last year, while robberies, burglaries, and larcenies have decreased.

More specifically, there has been a 3.4 percent increase in violent crimes such as homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault for the first nine months of 2016, compared with the same period in 2015.

Additionally, there have been 84 rapes, compared with 72 in 2015, and 318 robberies, down four from the 322 last year. Lastly, 2016 has featured 1,043 aggravated assaults as opposed to 1,011 a year ago.

Property crimes such as burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft are down 2.4 percent, resulting in a 1.7 percent drop.

The rate for crimes such as drug charges, vandalism, and disorderly conduct, are down 6.9 percent from 2015 and down 7.9 percent from 2014.

Overall, the crime rate for Jan. 1 through Sept. 30, 2016, is 5.4 percent lower than the same period in 2015, and 5.6 percent lower than 2014.