The Rocky Mount Police Department’s crime report for August contains a mix of good news and bad news, which has generally been a continuing pattern.
The bad news is that reports of shots fired persisted, while the good news is that crime as a whole in August was down when compared to August 2020.
The crime report said that there were 52 reports of shots fired in August. Twenty-nine of them resulted in shell casings being found and a total of 181 shell casings being found.
The count of shots fired is based on ShotSpotter activations and people alerting the police about having seen or heard shots being fired. ShotSpotter is a system of sensors designed to detect, locate and alert the police of gunfire in real time.
The August crime report also said that police made seven arrests for weapons-related violations and seized 33 firearms, and that 276 firearms had been seized for the year as of the end of August.
The crime report said there were 47 victims of violent attacks, with 14 people having suffered injuries as a result.
The positive news in the report was that there were 175 instances of crimes in August compared to 193 in August 2020. That was a decrease of more than 9.3 percent.
In particular, the report said there were 54 instances of violent crimes in August compared to 71 in August 2020. That was a decrease of more than 23.9 percent.
A key reason for the decline in the instances of violent crimes was because there were 46 instances of aggravated assaults in August compared to 59 in August 2020. That was a decrease of 22 percent.
In the category of crimes against properties, there were 14 instances of break-ins of residences in August compared to 22 in August 2020. That was a decrease of nearly 36.4 percent.
Overall, for the year to date as of the end of August, there have been 1,188 instances of crimes compared to 1,296 instances of crimes in 2020 as of the end of August 2020. That was a decrease of more than 8.3 percent.
Of the 11 types of crimes listed in the report, there has been a decrease in six of those types of crimes this year as of the end of August when compared to 2020 as of the end of August 2020.
There also appears to have been quite a decline in the occurrences of larcenies.
There were 582 instances of larcenies this year as of the end of August compared to 647 in 2020 as of the end of August 2020. That was a decrease of 10 percent.