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Durham police chief to release 2013 crime report

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DURHAM, N.C. -

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez will present the department's 2013 annual crime report Thursday afternoon.

The annual report said 87 percent of "part one crimes" committed in Durham were property crimes. Part one crimes include both violent and property crimes.

Read the full report released by Durham police

Burglaries made up 27 percent of part one crime in the city, the report said.

Homicides and rapes combined equaled about one percent, according to the report.

The report showed the department saw decreases in aggravated assaults and robberies in 2013.

Violent crimes, which include homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults, decreased by 5.6 percent in 2013 compared to 2012, the report said.

Aggravated assaults were down 12 percent while robberies dropped 2 percent. That's a 23 year low, according to the report.

The report said the violent crime rate per 100,000 population was down 30 percent in 2013 compared with 2000.

Operation Bull's Eye is an effort to reduce crime in a 2-square mile area that traditionally accounts for 20 percent of the city's violent gun crime. 

The report showed from 2007 present, Operation Bull's Eye reduced crimes:

  • Violent gun crime down by 46 percent
  • Overall violent crime down by 39 percent
  • Drug calls dropped 42 percent
  • "Sound of shots" calls down by 53 percent
  • Prostitution calls down 61 percent

The report shows 5,067 "Priority 1" police calls dispatched in 2013. The department's average response time to those calls was 5.9 minutes, close to its goal of 5.8 minutes.  

The city saw 30 criminal homicides in 2013 with two cases ruled self-defense.

Of the 30 murder cases, two were officer-involved cases, one murder-suicide and one case that happened in 2009.

A total of twelve criminal homicide cases remain open.

The repot said 513 sworn positions were 99 percent staffed at the end of 2013 while non-sworn positions were 87 percent staffed.

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