Overall crime decreases in 2015 for Elizabeth City 

Posted at 11:59 AM, Mar 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-01 16:40:30-05

Elizabeth City, N.C.(WTKR) - Overall crime for 2015 decreased in Elizabeth City according to recently released statistics.

An update from City Manager Rich Olson to the Mayor and City Council breaks down the index crime data from the Elizabeth City Police Department.

The Part One index crimes include murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.

Of those seven individual categories, one saw no change, three saw increases and three saw decreases when comparing 2015 to 2014.

The murder rate stayed the same, with one reported both years.

Rapes increased by one, from four in 2014 to five in 2015.

Robberies also slightly increased, from 22 reported in 2014 to 23 in 2015.

Aggravated assaults decreased by 11%, with 65 in 2014 and 58 in 2015.

Burglaries saw the largest decrease by 19%, down to 202 in 2015 from 249 in 2014.

Larcenies were also down, decreasing by 14% with 533 in 2014 and 460 in 2015.

Motor vehicle thefts increased by one, with 13 reported in 2014 and 14 reported in 2015.

Overall crime decreased by 14% based on the statistics provided by the police department.

Ondray Wilson says he's relieved by the decrease in crime.

"Very. I love being able to go to work and my dog is in the house and he's safe," he told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Tuesday.

The City Manager noted that both he and Police Chief Eddie Buffaloe are "pleased that the property crimes are down and believe that officer presence as well as analyzation of crime data are both beneficial tools in reducing crime and the fear of crime in our communities."