Charlotte crime dropping: Which offenses are leading the trend?

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 reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,478 for the week of Aug. 19, down from 1,611 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were assault and vandalism. Assault fell to 243 incidents last week, from 305 the week before. Vandalism went from 110 to 79.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in theft, from 728 incidents per week to 699.

There were 107 reported burglary incidents last week. That represents a decrease from 108 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of robbery went from 46 to 53. Incidents of arson rose from two to four, and shootings went up from one to two.

There were 291 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 20 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, 54 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 72 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Montclaire South, Hidden Valley and Mineral Springs-Rumble Road had the most reported incidents last week. Montclaire South and Hidden Valley were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

East Forest saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Plaza-Eastway also fell for a fourth week, and incidents in Idlewild South are down considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Saturday, Thursday and Sunday, while incidents on Friday and Monday went up. Comparing times of day, early morning, late morning and early afternoon saw the most crime last week.

Want a longer-term view of crime in Charlotte? Here's our latest monthly crime report.

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