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Old 11-08-2013, 06:37 PM
 
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I will be retiring in 3 years, and my wife and I are researching a move to NC. We have been researching online looking at the triangle and triad areas. today I found this site - Winston Salem Crime - Crime reports for Winston-Salem, NC
for the period of sept. 19th to oct. 19, a total of 684 violent crimes were reported in Winston-Salem. This seems like an extraordinary number for a city this size. Any thoughts from residents?
My wife and I lived in the Triad of NC for 8 years and may be returning to NC in 2014 for good. The state is a great place to live and retire. It has three different climates depending on where you live: Mountains, the Piedmont or the Coast. The cost of living is quite reasonable in the Triad compared to some other places in the U.S. You have about 3 months of winter and 9 months of fair weather. Plus, you can grow certain things almost year round. I wouldn't worry too much about crime because it is everywhere. Just use common sense and you should be fine. We never had a problem and we lived in three different areas: W-S, Kernersville & King. I say, go for it and best wishes!
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:59 AM
 
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I repeat do not move to winston-salem its a horrible place with horrible crime, the people on average are ignorant and stupid lazy and steel all the time, with a lot of bloods that live in the area
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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LOL, you must not get out and about much. I moved here over a year ago and it seems to me the majority of the area is quite safe (much better than the area where I moved from---Columbia, SC), so you must've chosen poorly in your housing search.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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There are WS folk who engage in similar snobbery however, the sensible folks know the two cities are fairly similar with each having their own strengths & weaknesses.
Couldn't agree with you more. Both cities have strengths the other city doesn't have. When the two work together to attract jobs to the region it makes the whole Triad stronger. Some folks will never see that. Neither city would be where it is today without the presence of the other. Its no longer about city boundaries anymore.
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:21 PM
 
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http://www.ucrdatatool.gov/Search/Cr...JurisLarge.cfm

This is a pretty cool tool you can use to look at crime rate trends, unfortunately the "large city" tool they have doesn't pick up Winston-Salem since they fell just under the population threshold. Being a Greensboro resident I was curious so I ran it for Greensboro. The data runs up thru 2012 so not sure about 2013/14, but according to this data the violent crime rate has been nearly cut in half since it's peak in the mid-1990s (it shows other stats too but violent crime rate is really the only one I get concerned about, property can be replaced and is usually insured anyway).

That said, the city is nowhere near where we need to be which is why we must support causes like United Way and other entities that help educate the underprivileged and break the poverty cycle. In my opinion that is going to pay the most dividends toward crime rate reductions.
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:52 AM
 
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http://www.ucrdatatool.gov/Search/Cr...JurisLarge.cfm

The data runs up thru 2012 so not sure about 2013/14, but according to this data the violent crime rate has been nearly cut in half since it's peak in the mid-1990s
What a lot of people don't realize is that the crime rate nationwide has plummeted since the 80s and 90s. The national murder rate is half of what it was in the early 80s.
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Old 12-11-2014, 05:50 PM
 
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What a lot of people don't realize is that the crime rate nationwide has plummeted since the 80s and 90s. The national murder rate is half of what it was in the early 80s.
Hard to realize when the media leads you to believe otherwise.
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Old 01-01-2015, 02:08 PM
 
Location: High Point, NC
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Winston-Salem born and bred, moved to High Point when my husband took a job there. We separated last year but have since reconciled. I moved back to Winston to an area that would be within my means but had a horrible reputation. I figured, "How bad could it be?" The first 4 months I lived here there were 3 murders, two of them within sight of my doorway and one within sight of the end of my building. There have been a couple here since. We are desperately seeking a house in any other area of town, I don't care where as long as it's not this side. I knew it wasn't the best place to live but I get along with people, I figured it couldn't be as bad as everyone said. After asking almost daily for my bedroom window lock to be replaced, some guy broke in through the window, stole everything he could carry and 20 minutes later, maintenance was out here putting a fresh lock on the window. The police hadn't even finished dusting the outside for prints. I do second the comment that a lot of the violent crime is compartmentalized- I can drive ten minutes from here and be in a much safer neighborhood statistically. And despite it all, I'm convinced it is not a race issue as some believe. It's socioeconomics. People here live right around the poverty level or lower, poverty breeds drug abuse, violence and crime. Now that we're back together, though, and we're a two-income family again, we are out of here.

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Old 01-01-2015, 02:29 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Hard to realize when the media leads you to believe otherwise.
We have no less than 50% more people TODAY than we had in 1980 (eg: 310 vs 200).
Math and statistics...
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Old 01-02-2015, 05:55 PM
 
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We have no less than 50% more people TODAY than we had in 1980 (eg: 310 vs 200).
Math and statistics...
I was referring to the rate. Which has zero to do with total population. In fact, despite having a much larger population, there are fewer murders today than there were in 1980.

According to the FBI's UCR (data compiled in a single list here, or you can dig through the reports here), there were 23040 murders in 1980. In 2013, there were 14,196. To find a year with fewer murders than 2013, you'd have to go all the way back to 1968. There were also fewer forcible rapes and robberies, and less larceny and vehicle theft. And that's less in number, even accounting for a much larger population, and WAY less in rate, which is a much more telling point of comparison anyway.

Math and statistics.
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