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Old 11-24-2009, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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I'm not taking sides in this debate (my view is that Durham has a lot of great things going for it) - just going to pass along some data put out by Durham last year (using 2007 data) for those interested in comparisons:

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Durham ranks below six comparably sized cities, including Greensboro, in violent crime per 100,000 people, the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau says in a new report. . . . The report covers 10 Southeastern cities and 29 nationally. Raleigh is lowest in violent crime among the Southeastern communities.

Violent crime includes homicides, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

The list for 2007 crime is:
  1. Chattanooga - 1,294
  2. Columbia, SC - 1,267
  3. Greensboro - 971
  4. Richmond - 958
  5. Norfolk, VA - 844
  6. Ft. Lauderdale - 810
  7. Durham (City Only) 798
  8. Winston-Salem - 772
  9. Durham (City and County) - 733
  10. Savannah (includes Chatham County) - 633
  11. Raleigh - 571
Durham City ranked 22nd for violent crime out of 29 cities nationwide.
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Old 11-24-2009, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Wendell NC
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While violent crime seems to go hand in hand with any major metropolitan area...the latest news reports that the most dangerous city in the USA is none other than Camden,NJ. I've never been there and prolly never will.
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Old 11-24-2009, 01:02 PM
 
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What's your proximity to wooded areas? Could it be someone out deer hunting?
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Old 11-24-2009, 01:35 PM
 
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Durham is not 1/5 the total size of Wake. It is around 35%, actually. So roughly 3x larger, not that it really matters but at least post accurate numbers.
Ditto on that T|K, I do not buy the accuracy of the data either .... kind of suspect to me
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Old 11-24-2009, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Durham is not 1/5 the total size of Wake. It is around 35%, actually. So roughly 3x larger, not that it really matters but at least post accurate numbers.
Using U.S. Census Bureau numbers for 2008, Durham County (262,715) has 30% the population of Wake County (866,410).
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:36 PM
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Location: Raleigh, NC
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Using U.S. Census Bureau numbers for 2008, Durham County (262,715) has 30% the population of Wake County (866,410).
I think I misread the post I was commenting back on actually, I was going by the size (sq miles) of the 2 counties, not population. Regardless, still not 20%.
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Old 11-24-2009, 11:05 PM
 
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I think I misread the post I was commenting back on actually, I was going by the size (sq miles) of the 2 counties, not population. Regardless, still not 20%.
You're right, I divided wrong in my head . The rest of the stuff holds up though, as I used Excel to do the figuring for me...
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:33 PM
 
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* Good question.. I lived in the Southpoint area for nearly a year-while having our new home constructed ( just moved in early Oct) never heard gunshots and it seems the security at the Mall did a good job (esp. during the summer) of making sure kids are moved off property to bus stops/rides from parents. I now live in Govenor's Club in CH and gunshots are frequent from the adjacent wilderness area for ppl doing target practice as well as hunting season. You may also want to check the local police blotter as well as check in with neighbors to see if they are hearing the same? Durham Police Department . Hope this helps!
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Old 11-30-2009, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill/Chatham County
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I live in Chatham near the new neighborhood Briar Chapel and hunters are shooting there at night because it's illegal to hunt on private property.
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Old 11-30-2009, 01:48 PM
 
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Did anyone get murdered?
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