The number of crime reports in Charlotte increased last month, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.
Incidents rose by 9.8%, from 5,966 in May to 6,552 in June. Despite last month's increase, crime reports remain similar to those seen a year ago. Crime levels tend to follow seasonal patterns, making a year-over-year comparison most relevant.
Theft and vandalism incidents increased the most from the previous month. Theft rose from 2,481 reported incidents in May to 2,892 in June, but has dropped by 73 incidents since June of last year. Vandalism incidents went from 389 to 492 for the month, or about a 26% increase. However, vandalism reports have decreased since a year ago.
While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a considerable percentage increase last month in burglary, from 319 incidents per month to 355, and in robbery, from 154 to 171. Burglary reports have decreased considerably since the same month last year, while robbery incidents have risen.
Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, assault reports went from 1,239 to 1,211. Arson incidents fell from 12 to nine. Assault and arson incidents have seen an overall downward trend since the same time last year.
When it comes to crime patterns in different parts of the city, the area near Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Toddville Road and Dilworth saw the largest increase from May to June. Coulwood East, Boulevard Homes and North Charlotte also had considerable percentage increases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels. Over the past year, crime has gone up the most in Sterling, and declined the most in Mineral Springs-Rumble Road.
Saturdays, Thursdays and Mondays had the most crime incidents last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Sundays, while incidents on Fridays and Wednesdays went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, late morning and early afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.
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