The Durham Police Department released its third quarterly report of the year on Nov. 20. Although homicides and burglaries hit a three-year low, property and violent crime increased by 4 percent.
As stated in the report, violent crime includes homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The total number of violent crimes increased 4 percent from the first nine months of 2016.
In the county, there were 16 homicides from January to September, compared to 30 during the same time period in 2016 and 25 in 2015.
There were 97 cases of rape, compared to 74 last year.
“Although rapes are up, there’s no indication based on the suspect and victimology data that we have any type of serial issue,” Durham Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis said in front of the city council. “Many of these instances were [committed] by acquaintances.”