As the final reports come in for 2013, the city's numbers for violent crime have declined considerably within the last quarter. From October to December of 2013, preliminary numbers show that violent crime has gone down 12%. During this same time period in 2012, violent crime was up 77%.
Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said, “The hard work of the men and women of the Wilmington Police Department and innovative partnerships with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department and the Wilmington Housing Authority have helped reduce crime in the Port City.”
Chief Evangelous also credits citizen support for the decrease in crime: “More and more citizens are picking up the phone and calling when they see suspicious activity. We applaud their efforts.”
October through December are traditionally months when armed robberies and other violent crimes spike leading up to the holiday season. A final year-end report will be released in the coming weeks. WPD Crime Analyst Barry Coburn says, “While 2013 had its share of challenges for law enforcement the decrease in crime is evident.”
Learn more about what the Wilmington Police Department is doing to combat crime.
Learn more about a community anti-violence initiative underway.