I live here in Durham and know it pretty well, and don't consider this a particularly high crime area. Currently Durham is enjoying it's lowest crime rate in a quarter of a century according to the local papers which just featured this information earlier this week.
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The answers previously are all great answers. With all the rules and regulations preventing us from giving our opinions on crime stats and other demographic information we can refer links to our clients to get this information. I use the following links when I need them.
Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.
I recommend using the density map (under the analysis tool) to compare... red for higher crime and blue for lower. You can select for different type of crime and date ranges.