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Durham officials outline crime stats

Monday, August 20, 2012
Durham Police Department

Durham Police Department (WTVD Photo)

Police say violent crime has dropped five percent in the first six months of the year in Durham.

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez presented the Bull City's crime report for the first half of the year to city council Monday evening.

Lopez said homicides are down since last year, but the number of rapes has increased 29 percent compared to this time last year.

This year, the city has focused on northeast central Durham as a target to reduce gun crime through enhanced patrolling.

Mayor Bill Bell called for the change after a rise in violence last year.

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