Reported Rapes Jump In NC And Violent Crimes Remain Steady

North Carolina's largest cities saw drastic increases in reported rapes in 2006, including a 25 percent surge in Winston-Salem.

That's from preliminary F-B-I data released on Monday.

Overall, reports of violent crime in the state's largest cities remained steady. In the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area, the number of violent crimes declined as officials reported a five percent drop in murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

North Carolina's rape figures countered a nationwide trend that saw rape reports decline by nearly two percent. Reported rapes climbed in each of the state's largest reporting cities.

Monika Johnson-Hostler of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault says the higher reported numbers are generally a good sign. She says the higher numbers don't usually indicate that there are more crimes, but just an increase in reporting.