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Charlotte crime recap: Theft continues to trend up

Charlotte crime recap: Theft continues to trend up
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By Hoodline - Published on January 23, 2019.

Crime incidents in Charlotte saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 1,372 for the week of January 14, up from 1,219 the week before.

The offenses that increased the most were theft and assault. Theft rose to 608 incidents last week, from 527 the week before. Assault went from 178 to 224.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage increase in shootings, from zero incidents per week to two, and in burglary, from 81 to 86 incidents.

There were 38 reported robbery incidents last week. That represents an increase from 36 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of vandalism went from 99 to 84, and arson fell from two to one.

There were 329 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 33 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 95 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 66 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Mineral Springs-Rumble Road, Montclaire South and Downtown Charlotte had the most reported incidents last week. Mineral Springs-Rumble Road and Montclaire South were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Crime in the Fourth Ward went up the most; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Mineral Springs-Rumble Road also rose for a second week, and incidents in Dilworth are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Thursdays, Wednesdays and Tuesdays witnessed the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, while incidents on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays went down. Late afternoon, early afternoon and midday saw the most crime last week.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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