Charlotte crime incidents down in April; assault drops, burglary rises

Charlotte crime incidents down in April; assault drops, burglary rises
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By Hoodline - Published on May 07, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Charlotte saw an overall decline last month, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by 3.8 percent, from 6,496 in March to 6,249 in April.

The offenses most on the decline last month were assault and vandalism. Assault fell from 1,224 reported incidents in March to 1,148 in April. Vandalism incidents went from 458 to 408 for the month, or about a 10 percent decrease.

While a somewhat smaller category, there was also a notable percentage decrease last month in robbery, from 153 incidents per month to 128. Robbery reports have decreased since the same month last year.

There were 17 arson reports last month. Arson incidents remained at about the same level as the previous month.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, burglary reports went from 373 to 401. Theft incidents rose from 2,668 to 2,682, and shooting incidents went up from eight to 10.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest decline last month occurred in Mineral Springs-Rumble Road, Dilworth and Uptown Charlotte. Fourth Ward, Cotswold and Stonehaven also saw considerable percentage decreases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels.

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays had the most crime incidents last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Saturdays, Sundays and Fridays, while incidents on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, early morning and late morning saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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