Crime is on the rise in Carrboro, according to UNC's 2019 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.
Over the past three years, the number of reported motor vehicle thefts in Carrboro have more than tripled, from eight in 2016 to 28 in 2018. The number of robberies, burglaries and dating/domestic abuse incidents have also increased since 2016.
The crimes have not been centralized in any particular part of Carrboro, but more densely populated areas may have more instances of crime.
While Chris Atack, captain of the administrative division of the Carrboro Police Department, said he believes the other increases are mainly because of the “natural ebb and flow of crimes,” he said the jump in motor vehicle thefts is unusual.
“The motor vehicle theft is interesting because you’re seeing a tripling there over three years. I am not aware of anything going on that would support that,” said Atack. “That will be a question that I will have to ask one of my investigators to see if there’s anything going on.”