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Total crime 96%
Violent crime 121%
Property crime 91%
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StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleDurham/100k peopleNorth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime13,097n/a (estimate)4,5972,6462,346
Murder36n/a12.68.06.5
Rape125n/a43.927.638.4
Robbery626n/a219.769.273.9
Assault1,660n/a582.6314.5279.7
Violent crime2,447n/a (estimate)859419388
Burglary1,906n/a668.9471.2314.2
Theft7,779n/a2,730.21,561.71,398.0
Vehicle theft965n/a338.7193.6246.0
Property crime10,650n/a (estimate)3,7382,2271,958

Key findings

  • Durham crime rates are 96% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Durham are 121% higher than the national average
  • In Durham you have a 1 in 22 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Durham is safer than 4% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Durham has increased by 1%

Durham crime map

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The Durham crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Durham as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Durham crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Durham (per 100,000 people)

      The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Durham for every 100,000 residents. The Durham total amount of daily crime is 1.74 times more than the North Carolina average and 1.96 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Durham, is 2.05 times more than the North Carolina average, and it is 2.21 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Durham has a daily crime average that is 1.68 times more than the North Carolina average and 1.91 times more than the daily national rate.

      How Safe is Durham (higher is better)

      When comparing the safety of Durham to every other city in North Carolina, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Durham safe? The gauges above illustrate that Durham is safer than 15% of every city located within North Carolina along with 4% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in North Carolina and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Durham, NC is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Durham

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Durham is 1 in 117
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Durham is 1 in 27
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Durham is 1 in 22
      Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Durham, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 117. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 27 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Durham is 1 in 22.

      Year Over Year Crime In Durham (per 100,000 people)

      A good indicator of whether Durham is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Durham has increased by 18%, while the property crime rate in Durham has decreased by 2% year over year. The number of total crimes in Durham has increased by 1% year over year.

      Durham police department

      ItemDurhamNorth CarolinaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)66514,511558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.84.83.3
      There are a total of 665 Durham police officers. This results in 2.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 40.9% less than the North Carolina average and 13.2% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in North Carolina

      StateTotal offendersNorth Carolina /100KNational /100K
      North Carolina26,293320266
      There are a total of 26,293 sex offenders in North Carolina. This yields a total of 320 sex offenders in North Carolina per 100,000 residents which is 20% greater than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Fearrington Village, NC2,98466349415
      Stem, NC1,023153813967
      Cary, NC155,822669461,013
      Chapel Hill, NC59,0051431,7581,901
      Creedmoor, NC4,3532781,6281,906
      Carrboro, NC20,8672151,7071,923
      Morrisville, NC22,600792,1112,191
      Durham, NC251,7618593,7384,597

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Laredo, TX251,6713241,4451,768
      St. Petersburg, FL253,5856622,5563,218
      Irvine, CA246,992511,4991,550
      Madison, WI246,0343202,7793,099
      Norfolk, VA245,7245463,4624,007
      Durham, NC251,7618593,7384,597
      Source: The Durham, NC crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2020. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.