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Statewide Crime Hits 33-Year Low

By Roderick McClain

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Wilmington, NC –

2010 marks the second year in a row that North Carolina has seen its lowest crime rate in decades. WHQR's Roderick McClain reports that training, technology and a focus on prevention have all contributed to falling rates.

Reports of all crime fell by nearly six percent in 2010 from a year before, with violent crime dropping by more than 10 percent. Attorney General Roy Cooper says there were just under four thousand crimes reported per one hundred thousand people across the state last year.

"The rate of violent crime in North Carolina right now is the lowest since our state began collecting statewide crime stats in 1973."

Cooper warns the drop in rates could change because of budget cuts. The State Bureau of Investigation has to cut nine percent of its budget, and the state Highway Patrol potentially faces layoffs.