Crime rate down slightly in 2012
The crime rate in Caldwell County in 2012 was the 20th lowest out of 100 counties in the state, according to statistics provided by the N.C. Department of Justice.
Statewide, the overall crime rate fell last year, while violent crimes rose slightly, the reports concluded.
The overall crime rate of 3,656.2 crimes reported per 100,000 population (Caldwell's population is about 82,400) amounts to 3,023 crimes in 2012, down slightly from 3,117 the previous year. The most serious crimes included two murders, nine rapes and 142 motor vehicle thefts.
Caldwell's crime rate was lower than Catawba County's (4,141.6 per 100,000) and higher than Burke County's (2,779.4). Both Catawba and Burke had a lower crime rate than they had last year. Catawba's was its lowest in 20 years, District Attorney Jay Gaither said.
Caldwell, Catawba and Burke make up the 25th Judicial District.
"Crime is down in my district," Gaither said."The recent decrease in the 25th District gives me the hope and encouragement that my efforts and those of law enforcement are making a positive difference."