Greensboro crime statistics decreased by 11 percent in 2012

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro police say crime in the city declined by 11 percent in 2012 compared to 2011, citing the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Annual Summary Report of 2012 Uniformed Crime Reporting Data.

In the two major categories of crime – violent crimes and property crimes – Greensboro’s rates were more favorable than many of the other cities and counties highlighted in the report, Greensboro police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen said.

Danielsen says Greensboro saw a 1 percent decline in the combined reports of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault — the major offenses included in the violent crimes category.

Property crimes — which include burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson — decreased by 12 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year in Greensboro, and 4.9 percent throughout the state, Danielsen said.

In total, 15,222 crimes were reported in Greensboro in 2011. In 2012, that number decreased to 13,619.

The 11 percent decline continues a generally downward trend in per capita crime rates since its peak in 1995.

A closer look at the 2012 data reveals that violent crime decreased in all categories with the exception of aggravated assault. This offense increased by 5 percent. Murder declined by 16 percent (25 incidents in 2011 compared to 21 in 2012); rape decreased by 13 percent; and the number of robberies was down by 49, or 8 percent.

Total property crimes decreased by 12 percent in 2012 compared to 2011. Burglaries were down 16 percent; larceny declined by 8 percent; and motor vehicle theft was reduced by 30 percent. Arson was the only property offense to experience an increase –39 more incidents were reported in 2012 than in 2011.

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