The Crime and Place app’s “Crime Compass” tells you where the danger is and how to get away. The colors change as you drive through the city. Here’s how the compass looks at different locations in Durham. (For more details about how Durham is portrayed in Crime and Place, see our full report.)
Emily K Center: At the Emily K Center on W. Chapel Hill Street at the edge of downtown, the crime level is “high.” The only safer region within a half mile is a yellow “average” slice toward Duke’s campus.
Elmo’s: Crime is “elevated” at Elmo’s Diner, a popular breakfast joint on Ninth Street. There are “average” regions to the north and south, marking Duke’s East Campus and the Hillandale Golf Course, and a “high” region toward Northgate Mall in the northeast.
By the bull: At the bull statue next to The Parlour downtown, crime is “high” with no easy escape route in sight.
Academy Road: Durham Academy’s middle school is in an “elevated” crime area on Academy Road, but if you hop on 15/501 on the way home from school, you’ll be in the clear in an “average” zone.
Near 15/501: University Tower, better known to Durhamites as the Pickle Building, sits in an “average” region, but the grass is finally green in a “low” zone to the north and west on Pickett Road.
Durham Tech: The crime level is highest near Durham Technical Community College and the McDougald Terrace public housing complex, southeast of downtown.