Why This is Important
These data show the number of property-related incidents reported by the police department, and so, it directly reflects where policing of property-related incidents occurs. Unreported property-related incidents are not counted in this data (e.g. property-related activities that are not surveilled by the police).
It is useful to track property crimes because property crime impacts perceptions of neighborhood safety and often represents a loss of or damage to private property, which affects investment in communities. Since historic data show that neighborhoods with more residents of color and those with lower income experience more frequent policing, which itself can compromise residents’ safety as well, it’s also useful for communities to be able to track where policing of property crimes is occurring.
About the Data
The property crimes per square mile metric shows the average number of arrests per square mile for property-related crimes by the City of Durham Police. Property crimes include crimes on individual and commercial property. The number of property crimes occurring in each boundary is divided by the area (in square miles) of the boundary, rather than the population. This is intended to control for how crime often happens in areas that are less populated. For more detailed Durham crime reporting visit .
Source: Durham Police Department and Durham County Sheriff