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Durham Police Department releases first quarter report

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DURHAM, N.C. -

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez released the department's first quarter report for 2014 Monday during a city council meeting.

Durham saw a 13 percent rise in violent and property crimes during the first quarter of the year as compared to 2013, the report showed.

Violent crime increased by 36 percent in Durham while property crime was up 10 percent, according to the report.

The report said the rise in violent crime was due in part to a 70 increase in aggravated assaults. These numbers were up because of multi-victim crimes such as shooting into crowds or occupied homes.

Rapes and vehicle thefts declined, the report said.

Durham police attempted to crack down on violent crimes in certain areas of the city through the Violent Incident Response. During this effort, police made 16 arrests, seized three firearms, executed two search warrants and setup three license checkpoints, police said.

“We are very concerned about the increase in crime during the first quarter and have focused on several particular areas. We were especially concerned about the increase in aggravated assault so we organized a Violent Incident Response to focus on the locations where incidents have occurred and to target the people we believed to be involved,” said Lopez.

The report showed burglaries and larcenies pushed property crime numbers up. Durham police arrested several suspects accused in multiple property crimes. In one case, police arrested three suspects accused in the theft of dozens of catalytic converters.

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