VIOLENT CRIME RATE

Violent Crime is the number of violent crimes reported per 100,000 population. Violent crimes are defined as offenses that involve face-to-face confrontation between the victim and the perpetrator, including homicide, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

High levels of violent crime compromise physical safety and psychological well-being. High crime rates can also deter residents from pursuing healthy behaviors, such as exercising outdoors. Additionally, exposure to crime and violence has been shown to increase stress, which may exacerbate hypertension and other stress-related disorders and may contribute to obesity prevalence.[68] Exposure to chronic stress also contributes to the increased prevalence of certain illnesses, such as upper respiratory illness, and asthma in neighborhoods with high levels of violence.[69] Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data is generally regarded as a valid and reliable index of the types of crime residents view as serious events.[36, 70]

Community Focus Areas:
  • All schools have installed secure entry systems on the doors of every school in the district.

  • Schools are equipped with panic buttons to be used in the event of emergency situations on a school campus.

  • Active Assailant Training and Parent Reunification Training exercises have been conducted to improve the response of all personnel in the case of an emergency situation on a school campus.

  • Wilson Police Officers have developed and expanded the Police Athletic League to build positive relationships and provide safe activities for at-risk youth in the Wilson area.

  • Wilson Police Officers are serving as mentors and tutors for at-risk youth to encourage positive decisions and respectful behavior at an early age.

  • Enhancing emergency response process

  • Wilson Police Department developed the Police Athletic League

  • Wilson Police Officers assigned to patrol, investigations, narcotics, K9, Problem Oriented Response Team, Strategic Traffic Enforcement Team, Special Response Team, and many other support functions.

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Note: Data is measured annually.

Date of Report Vs. Date of Data

Robert Wood Johnson annual reports reflect data from previous year(s) for certain measures.  See chart below.