Crime continues to drop in North Carolina, that today from the state's latest crime report.
Attorney General Roy Cooper says the overall crime rate is the lowest since 1977. Cooper says violent crime dropped 5.2% in 2011, while the overall crime index decreased by 0.9% compared to 2010.
All of the news in the report wasn't good. Murder increased 5.9%, while robberies dropped 4.1% and rapes 2.8%.
Here in Eastern Carolina, crime in Greenville took a big drop. The report says it dropped 18% from 2010. Looking closer at the numbers, murder, rape and robbery were all on the increase in Greenville while aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle thefts and arsons were all down.
In Onslow County, crime jumped 8% and 2% in Rocky Mount. Violent crime in both Onslow County and Rocky Mount dropped from 2010 to 2011, while property crimes increased.
Only data from the state's largest cities and counties was released today.
This marks the third year in a row that North Carolina has seen its lowest crime rate in decades.