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 1,403 for the week of March 25, down from 1,493 the week before.
The specific offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. Theft fell to 585 incidents last week, from 630 the week before. Assault went from 296 to 274.
While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a notable percentage decrease in vandalism, from 113 incidents per week to 107.
There were three reported arson incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.
Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of robbery went from 26 to 37. Incidents of burglary rose from 80 to 83, and shootings went up from zero to two.
There were 312 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease 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, 81 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 88 reported arrests the week before.
Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Mineral Springs-Rumble Road, Montclaire South and East Forest continued to have the most reported incidents last week.
Crime in Plaza-Eastway decreased the most. Crime reports in Thomasboro-Hoskins also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in East Forest are down considerably as well.
Regarding when most crimes are committed, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Mondays saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays, while incidents on Wednesdays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, late morning and early morning saw the most crime last week.
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