Crime Rate in Winston Salem

The crime rate in Winston Salem, NC is considered lower than the national average (177.6), which equates to an average chance of being a victim of any type of crime (0.294%). The chance of becoming a victim of violent crimes in Winston Salem is about 0.092%, and the chance of becoming a victim of property-related crime is 0.322%.

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In looking at specific crimes that occurred within Wake Forest University’s campus, there were 241 burglaries that took place during 2014, compared to 302 in 2013, 267 in 2012, 274 in 2011 and 227 in 2010.[1] There were two arson cases reported on WFU’s campus for 2015.[1] There was one case reported in 2012, one in 2013 and two in 2014.

There were 75 cases of aggravated assault reported within the university’s campus from 2010-2014. In 2015 there was 1 reported case. Other instances of violent crime that occurred on WFU’s campus included: 13 forcible sex offenses, 4 robberies and 40 cases of intimidation during those years.

In looking at specific crimes that occurred in Winston Salem as a whole, there were 751 burglaries during 2014, compared to 837 in 2013, 702 in 2012, 661 in 2011 and 597 in 2010.There were 3 arson reports for 2014,9 reports in 2013, 9 reports in 2012 and 5 reports in 2010. There were 14 cases of aggravated assault in 2014, compared to 10 in 2013, 11 in 2012 and 7 in 2011. Other instances of violent crime that occurred include: 46 forcible sex offenses (37 reported cases), 20 robberies and 148 cases of intimidation during those years.

There were 2,824 larceny-thefts reported within the city limits of Winston Salem during 2014.[4] In 2015 there were 2,573 such reports. Among these crimes there was 1 case involving theft from a motor vehicle, 981 petty thefts without an element of breaking and entering, 626 thefts from buildings or dwellings and 883 thefts from coin-operated devices or machines.

Larceny-thefts accounted for the majority of crime in Winston Salem with 2,824 reports during 2014. There was 1 case reported regarding arson, 3 cases involving weapons (discharging firearms, carrying a concealed weapon and possessing a firearm), 19 commercialized vice/porn cases and 522 miscellaneous offenses such as gambling or prostitution that occurred throughout the city in those years.

Additionally, there were 4,238 offenses of property crime reported during 2014. This number includes 1 case of arson, 7 commercialized vice/porn cases and 3,591 cases of larceny-theft.

There were 817 motor vehicle thefts reported within the city limits of Winston Salem during 2014. In 2015 there were 913 such reports. There was one case involving theft from a motor vehicle, 342 cases involving tampering with or unauthorized access to a motor vehicle and 532 stolen motor vehicles in these years.

From 2010-2014 there were 780 arrests for violent crimes that occurred in Winston Salem. The majority (592) of these pertained to larceny-theft incidents; 85 were instances of burglary and 68 involved motor vehicle theft. There were 52 arrests for weapons violations, 37 forcible sex offenses and 31 cases of robbery.