|Overall Crime Down for State, High Country is Mixed|
|Written by Adam Hicks|
|Thursday, 13 August 2009 05:55|
State Attorney General Roy Cooper released the state’s 2008 crime statistics. According to the numbers, total crime is down about two percent across the state, but the High Country experienced mixed results.
Cooper’s Office broke each county’s individual crime rate into two sections; violent crime (which includes murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crimes (which includes burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft).
Although violent crimes decreased from 2007 in Ashe and Avery County, the overall crime increased because of an increase in property crimes.
Watauga and Wilkes County saw a decrease in property crimes, but an increase in violent crimes, bringing both of their total crime rates up from 2007.
Alleghany County’s crime rate was down across the board.
These crime statistics were based on figures from local law enforcement agencies and were put together by the State Bureau of Investigation.
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