The overall crime rate in Rocky Mount dropped 8 percent between 2011 and 2012, but the number of violent crimes jumped from 569 to 743, according to a report released today by the N.C. Attorney General.
Property crimes fell from 3,915 reported incidents in 2011 to 3,383 in 2012. The number of murders in Rocky Mount dropped from 12 in 2011 to 8 in 2012. The sharpest increase in violent crime was in the number of reported aggravated assaults – from 393 in 2011 to 594 in 2012.
Statewide, the overall crime rate decreased by 4.4 percent. The number of violent crimes increased by 0.6 percent, according to information compiled by the State Bureau of Investigation.
“When you ask people how they want their tax dollars invested, public safety ranks very high on the list,” N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper said in a prepared statement. “We must invest in well-trained officers and modern crime fighting tools and if we don’t, I’m concerned that public safety will pay the price.”