Top 10 Crimes in North Carolina

North Carolina is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It borders South Carolina and Georgia to the South, Tennessee to the west and Virginia to the north.

The state also has a good view of the Atlantic Ocean to the east. It is currently the ninth most populous state in the U.S., with 100 counties. The state’s capital, Raleigh, is home to a lot of interesting attractions.

Unfortunately, North Carolina is not impervious to crime. Recent statistics from the North Carolina Department of Justice report decreasing crime rates through the years. The latest statistics available online is from 2012, detailing a decrease of 4.4-percent in crimes reported in the state.

The top ten crimes in North Carolina are the following, to be detailed below:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary
  • Larceny/Theft
  • MV Theft
  • Arson
  • Human Trafficking
  • Cargo Theft

However, it may be important to differentiate these into two sets of crimes. Violent Crimes include murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. These increased at a rate of 0.6-percent statewide from 2011 to 2012.

Murder is the top crime among the Violent Crime category. It decreased 3.8 percent in the year span, from a rate of 5.3 to 5.1 crimes out of every 100,000 persons.

Rape, the second-most prevalent Violent Crime, decreased at a rate of one percent, from

20.8 cases to 20.6 cases in the record.

Robbery decreased by three percent, from 101 cases to 98 cases.

Lastly, aggravated assault increased by 2.4-percent, with 234 cases reported for every 100,000 persons.

In the case of Property Crimes, these include burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft. These decreased by 4.9-percent across the state. There are a total of 3,408 cases out of 100,000 persons.

Burglary is the highest-reported Property Crime as of 2011 to 2012. It decreased by a rate of 7.9-percent, with 1,030 cases from 1,119 cases last year.

Larceny also decreased by 3.4-percent, from 2,288 cases to 2,210 cases in a span of one year.

Motor Vehicle theft decreased by 5.8-percent as well, from 178 to 167 cases out of 100,000 persons.

Interestingly, arson is not included in property crime as it is a different crime in its entirety. Arson cases from 2011 to 2012 increased by 1.6-percent, from 18 to 19 cases for every 100,000 persons.

Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also reports of human trafficking and cargo theft as crimes to watch out for.

Anyone interested in finding out more about how specific laws work on these crimes can contact courts and law offices for free consultation.