Cooper: Crime rate in NC reaches 33-year low

By TOM BREEN
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Crime in North Carolina has fallen to its lowest levels since the 1970s, with the murder rate lower than at any time since record-keeping began.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday training, technology and a focus on prevention have all contributed to bringing down crime rates.

Reports of all crime fell by nearly 6 percent in 2010 from a year before, with violent crime dropping by more than 10 percent. Overall, there were just under 4,000 crimes per 100,000 people reported across the state last year.

Crime rates have been falling for years. But Cooper warns that all may change in the future because of budget cuts.

Cooper says the State Bureau of Investigation has to cut 9 percent of its budget, and the state Highway Patrol potentially faces layoffs.

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crime rate at an all time low, when firearm sales have been surging for the last 12 years. Proving that guns don't equal crime, debate over.