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North Carolina Crime Rate Statistics Are In

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The crime stats are in. The State Department of Justice compiled the statistics for all 100 counties. We compared New Hanover , Brunswick and Pender County's crime rates. Brunswick and New Hanover had a decrease in crime over the year. Pender shows an increase. In Pender County, crimes like murder, rape and theft are up 10.2 percent from 2006. There's good news in Brunswick County. Violent and property crime has decreased by 9.6 percent from 2006. New Hanover County's crime is lower too. Crime is down 7.3 percent from 2006. The city of Wilmington also shows a positive change. Violent and property crimes were down 5% between 2006 and 2007. . Even so, Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says there's more work to be done. "We still have too much crime, we still have to focus on the justice system. It has to take these guys off the street." Several ways Chief Evangelous and his team plan to do that -- with a new gun initiative that will take guns off the streets. Also with a re-entry program to help convicted felons successfully return to society. Overall, North Carolina shows a seven percent drop in violent crime between 2006 and 2007. property crimes were up point two percent. The parts of the state with the highest increases in crime were Gaston County with a 9% jump, and Greenville with an 8% increase.

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WPD Chief

Good to hear crime is down in Wilmington. From the first I've been impressed by Chief Evangelous. His sincere, straight forward approach add much to his success. I've said it before, Wilmington is fortunate to have someone with his experience and dedication protecting our town.

all of the stats.

what about the murder rate in wilmington? From my understanding that has gone up.