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Burke County Arrest Records

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Burke County, NC Arrest Records

What Are Burke County Arrests Statistics?

Burke County had 3,769 arrests for the last 3 years, in 2016 the arrest rate was 1,388.84 per 100.000 population which is by 87.90% higher than the National average of 739.12 per 100.000 inhabitants. Among the 2016 arrests 91 were made for violent crime charges. Compared to neighboring county Alamance and county Buncombe it’s a more dangerous place to live in.

  • 3,769Arrests in the county for the last 3 years
  • 1,388.84Arrest rate in 2016 per 100.000 population
  • 91Violent crime arrests

Burke County NC Recent Arrests

Currently, the most popular arrest in Burke is larceny/theft - 575 arrests followed by burglary - 459 and motor vehicle theft - 109 arrests.

  • 575Larceny/Theft
  • 459Burglary
  • 109Motor Vehicle Theft

Burke County Arrests: Violent vs. Non-Violent Crimes

Violent crime in Burke County is considered rape and sexual assault, robbery, and assault. For the recent years the violent crime rate has increased along with the non-violent crime rate. Compared to the national average of - 99.56 per 100.000 people the overall violent crime rate for the county is by 2.87% higher.

Burke County Arrest Records by type from 2004-2017

Burke County Arrest and Criminal Records by Age

Most of the county arrests fall into 31-40 age group whereas the least arrests are seen between people who are 71-80 years old.

Burke County Crime Rate by Age Groups

Burke County Police Reports

Police records exist in different types of law enforcement agencies and in many forms. In most cases, Burke county police reports may be found from the local county Sheriff’s Office. You can appear in person and request copies as county police records are available to the general public per the state laws and the Freedom of Information Act. These records may include Burke county police reports, Burke county bookings and even mugshots. These records are related to when someone is arrested, booked, and jailed. First, they are questioned, and basic information is taken while officers fills out the report. Then they takes mugshots of the suspect, and they are put in a jail cell until they can make bail the fees. Some counties may charge a fee for a copy of police records. You may have to visit in person and may need to have the following information for them to find your file:

  • Date and time of the occurrence
  • The location of the incident
  • Name(s) of those involved
  • Officer’s name and rank
  • Case number

This will help the officer find the documents you need.

Burke county police records can provide a lot of information about a suspect. A good example of police record might be a traffic accident report. Some records are available to the public after a waiting period, such as 60-days.

Sometimes you can order copies of Burke county police records by mail. Contact your local county Sheriff’s Office to inquire about forms and the fees.

Burke County Jail Mugshots

Burke County mugshots have been used since the 1800s, shortly after the invention of photography. Then in 1888, a French police officer Alphonse Bertillon standardized the process and made it the norm. Groups of these mugshots are kept in a “mug book” to help witnesses and victims identify criminals.

Burke county mugshots are the photographs taken of suspects upon arrest. Local police, Sheriff’s Offices, and other law enforcement agencies take them. Typically , the subject is photographed from the front (full-face view) and then the side (profile view). These Burke county mugshots are filed with the person’s criminal record and police reports. They are used by victims, witnesses, and investigators to identify criminals guys.

Additionally , when a judge issues an Burke county arrest warrant for other purposes , and the person does not show up in court, these mugshots are used to help find the suspect.

Mugshots are readily available online as they are public records. Information brokers portals offer mugshots with other types of public records such as criminal records, arrest records and other court cases.

Felonies, Misdemeanors, and Sex Offenders

Police and arrest records will also contain on felonies, misdemeanors, and sex offenders. Since everything is computerized available and connected, any past incidents will show up as well.

Burke County Police Departments

Valdese Police Department121 Faet St SW828-879-2102

Burke County Jail Inmate Search

BURKE County has 176 jails with an average daily population of 508 inmates with a total of 176 jail population. When breaking down the BURKE County jail population by gender, females are a minority compared to male prisoners and make 22% with 39 female and 111 male inmates.

  • 176Jails
  • 176Prisoners
  • 304 %Jail Rate

How Does Burke County Inmate Search Work?

Burke County inmate records are public records that anyone can review easily. The Freedom of Information Act governs the availability of regarding Burke county inmate records which provide a lot of useful information about a person.

Burke County Jail Booking

Burke county bookings are also helpful when looking for information on whether or not someone has been arrested. When a suspect is arrested, the officer fills out forms and then holds them in a jail , which essentially becomes their Burke county booking record. It may also include things like fingerprints, mugshots , physical details, their name, and address, arresting officer , the details of the crime, the location, and any vehicles that were involved. The general public has the right to review a copy of someone’s Burke county booking records without any type of permission .

Burke County Jail & Sheriff's Office

  • Agency Name: Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility
  • State: NC
  • City: Morganton
  • Type: County
  • Address: 148 Government Drive
  • Phone Number: 828-764-9583
  • Fax: 828-764-9595
  • Email:
  • Website:

Burke County Jails & Prisons

Burke County NC Jail201 South Green Street828-438-5481
Foothills Correctional Institution5150 Western Avenue828-438-5585
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