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

Crime rising in Charlotte: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on May 03, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Charlotte increased slightly last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 1,487 for the week of April 22, up from 1,465 the week before.

Burglary and assault led the increase in crime incidents. Burglary rose to 119 incidents last week, from 92 the week before. Assault went from 254 to 273. Reports of burglary have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a sizable percentage increase in arson, from four incidents per week to six, and in robbery, from 25 to 28 incidents.

There were 103 reported vandalism incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of theft went from 653 to 638.

There were 320 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 14 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, 75 involved arrests, for offenses such as for drug possession, down from 86 reported arrests the week before.

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

Crime in Hidden Valley went up the most. Crime reports in Ballantyne West also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Harris-Houston are up considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Wednesdays, Mondays and Fridays produced the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Wednesdays, Sundays and Saturdays, while incidents on Thursdays and Tuesdays went down. Comparing times of day, late morning, early morning and late afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents.

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