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Crime declining in Charlotte: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime declining in Charlotte: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on March 28, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Charlotte saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,459 for the week of March 18, down from 1,490 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were robbery and arson. Robbery fell to 25 incidents last week, from 35 the week before. Arson went from eight to three. Reports of robbery have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of vandalism went from 91 to 110. Incidents of burglary rose from 71 to 80, and assault went up from 277 to 284.

There were 333 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 55 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, 81 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 96 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Mineral Springs-Rumble Road, East Forest and Montclaire South 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. Reports of crime decreased last week in Downtown Charlotte.

Eagle Lake experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in Toddville Road also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Oakhurst are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays continued to witness the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, while incidents on Mondays and Saturdays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and early afternoon 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.

Head to SpotCrime to get free local crime alerts in your area.

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This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.