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Town's crime rate mostly unchanged: Holly Springs PD

Even though the population of Holly Springs has seen rapid growth, the Town’s crime rate has not.

Based on recently released figures, the Town of Holly Springs has a violent crime rate of just .66 percent (per 1000 people) compared to the state average of 3.7% and the national average of 4.5%.

The property crime rate is .025% compared to the state average of 2.49% and the national average of 2.57%.

“Numbers like these are no accident,” said Captain Jay Bruner, Field Operations Division Commander of the Holly Springs Police Department.  “We attribute our success to two main factors… we are staffed appropriately and receive the equipment and training we need [and] our highly engaged community has partnered with us to make safety a priority in our town…”

The HSPD has numerous programs to engage residents of all ages, including: fishing with kids, coffee with a cop, a citizen well-check program for seniors in the community, is one of the only Wake County communities with a School Resource Officer in every single school.

The annual report also shows that the Police Department place a focus on education when it comes to traffic control.  With slightly over 5,000 traffic stops from November 2018 to November 2019, Holly Springs Police gave a verbal warning to 76% and citations to almost 19% of those pulled over, in addition to written warnings and arrests.

“Just giving out tickets constantly isn’t going to change behavior,” said Captain Bruner.  “Our goal is to make people aware of their actions and make them part of the solution.  We need our residents to appreciate that we have a highly desirable town to work, live and play in, and its (sic) up to all of us to keep it safe.”

Holly Springs was named the safest city in North Carolina in 2019 by two separate, independent organizations.