Rocky Mount, NC Crime: Lowest Rates Since the 1980s

Crime is Down and Our Future Looks Bright

Rocky Mount crime is down. In fact, our numbers across the board are lower now than they were in the 1980s! Our Chief of Police, James Moore, highlights the facts in this spring letter to the editor of the Rocky Mount Telegram.

There’s no doubt this crime reduction is due in large part to police initiatives like Operation Cerberus and Community Policing. Read Mr. Moore’s letter and tell us what you think!

Letter to the Editor by James Moore, Rocky Mount Police Department Chief of Police

Dear Editor,

One of the mantra’s that guides me each day is, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The City of Rocky Mount has made considerable progress in reducing crime. Within the last four years, we’ve had some of our lowest crime totals since the early 1980s. However, for over 25 years, our city has had challenges with a disproportionate amount of crime occurrences.

We cannot challenge the findings of the Movoto listing due to the proprietary algorithms they utilized. However, we had significant overall crime reduction in 2012, and our 2013 crime reduction progress is noteworthy with a 25.8 percent reduction in aggravated assaults, 16.9 percent reduction in violent crime and a 4.6 percent reduction in Part 1 (property and violent) Crime.

It is an undeniable fact that the city has made and continues to make significant progress towards ahtml safer city through crime reduction. In retrospect, in 2012 we had our second lowest number of Index Crime (Larceny, Burglary, Aggravated Assaults and Robberies) since 1986, and in 2013 we had our lowest number of Index Crime since 1985.  2006 was our worst year for Crime within the last 37 years; however, we have made significant progress in reducing crime since that year. In fact we had 60 percent less Index Crime in 2013 that we had in 2006. 

Yes, Rocky Mount had issues with rising crime in the late 1980s, 1990s and the last decade, but our 2013 crime occurrences are at levels not seen since the early 1980s

In the vernacular of a 19th century Southern preacher, “Lord we are not what we should be and we are not what we are going to be, but thank God, we are not what we were!”

We are making progress towards being a safe community.

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