Crime Down In North Carolina; Up In Greenville By 3%

Crime in North Carolina dropped last year, that's from the latest crime statistics out today from Attorney General Roy Cooper.

Cooper says the crime rate dropped 2.2% in 2008, compared to a .1% increase the previous year.

Murder dropped 3.5%, rape 6.3%, and aggravated assault 2.7%. Only robbery increased, by 2.2%. Property crimes statewide also saw a drop.

The crime rate in Greenville saw a 3% increase for 2008, compared to 8% in 2007. Violent crime in Greenville actually dropped , while property crimes increased. In 2007 Greenville had the second highest increase of metropolitan areas in the state. In 2008 it ranked 7th.

The only other city in Eastern Carolina included in the report was Rocky Mount. It saw a 2% drop in overall crime for 2008.

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