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Buncombe County Crime Rate Decreased in 2012


On September 5, 2013, the North Carolina Department of Justice, in conjunction with the State Bureau of Investigation released the Annual Summary Report of 2012 Uniform Crime Reporting Data for the state. 

This year’s annual report shows that there was a five percent decrease in crime in Buncombe County in 2012.  In 2012 there were 144 violent crimes and 1,955 property crimes, for a total of 2,099 criminal incidents; in 2011 there were 155 violent crimes and 2,058 property crimes for a total of 2,213 criminal incidents.

“I do feel at least in part, the reduction in property crimes for 2012 is due to the fact that we have been meeting with the communities that are experiencing the highest rates in crime and developing a plan to address it,” Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan stated.

Data available from the North Carolina Department of Justice shows that there has been a decrease in both violent and property crimes since 2007 in Buncombe County, with the exception of a slight increase in 2011. 

  • There were 2,723 violent and property crimes in 2007, for reduction in the crime rate of seven percent from 2006.
  • There were 2,656 violent and property crimes in 2008, for a reduction in the crime rate of three percent from 2007.
  • There were 2,364 violent and property crimes in 2009, for a reduction in the crime rate of eleven percent from 2008.
  • There were 2,087 violent and property crimes in 2010, for a reduction in the crime rate of twelve percent from 2009.
  • There were 2,213 violent and property crimes in 2011, for an increase in the crime rate of six percent from 2010.
  • There were 2,099 violent and property crimes in 2012, for a decrease in the crime rate of five percent from 2011.

The Annual Summary Report of 2012 Uniform Crime Reporting Data is located at the NC DOJ website.