Charlotte crime rises in July; theft continues to trend up

Charlotte crime rises in July; theft continues to trend up
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By Hoodline - Published on August 07, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Charlotte saw an overall increase last month, for the second month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents rose by about 10%, from 6,552 in June to 7,234 in July. Despite last month's increase, crime reports remain about even with the same month last year. Crime tends to follow similar patterns over time, with seasonal ups and downs, making a year-over-year comparison most relevant.

Most types of crimes increased this month, led by theft and burglary. Theft rose from 2,892 reported incidents in June to 3,315 in July, and has grown by 211 incidents since July of last year. Burglary incidents went from 355 to 459 for the month, or about a 29% increase. Burglary reports are also slightly up from a year ago.

Among other categories, there was also an increase last month in robbery, from 171 incidents per month to 196, and in assault, from 1,211 to 1,274. Both robbery and assault have increased since the same month last year.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last month, vandalism reports went from 492 to 468. Vandalism incidents have seen an overall downward trend since the same time last year.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest increase last month occurred in Mineral Springs-Rumble Road, Harris-Houston and Enderly Park. Tryon Hills, Marlwood and Plaza-Shamrock also saw 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 Eagle Lake, and declined the most in Downtown Charlotte.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Mondays saw the most reported crimes last month. The largest increase from the previous month occurred on Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Mondays, while incidents on Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays went down. Comparing times of day, late morning, early afternoon and late afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.

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