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Crime on the decline in Charlotte: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime on the decline in Charlotte: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on April 12, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Charlotte saw an overall decrease last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,403 for the week of April 1, down from 1,444 the week before.

The overall decrease in crime incidents was led by vandalism and theft. Vandalism fell to 80 incidents last week, from 108 the week before. Theft went from 595 to 569.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage decrease in robbery, from 37 incidents per week to 27, and in assault, from 286 to 268 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from 84 to 91. Shootings rose from two to six, and arson went up from three to five.

There were 357 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 28 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 92 reported arrests the week before.

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

Ashley Park saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Dilworth also fell for a second week, and incidents in Harris-Houston are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Thursdays, Wednesdays and Tuesdays produced the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Saturdays, Mondays and Fridays, while incidents on Thursdays went up. Comparing times of day, early afternoon, mid-day and late 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.

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