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

Crime dropping in Charlotte: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on August 08, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Charlotte saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,553 for the week of July 29, down from 1,715 the week before.

Theft and assault led the decrease in crime reports. Theft fell to 698 incidents last week, from 865 the week before. Reports of assault went from 291 to 287.

There was also a considerable percentage decrease in vandalism, from 105 to 102 incidents.

There were 39 reported robbery incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of burglary went from 94 to 119.

There were 307 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 11 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, 67 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 78 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Montclaire South, Hidden Valley and Downtown Charlotte had the most reported incidents last week. Hidden Valley and Downtown Charlotte were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Grier Heights saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Thomasboro-Hoskins also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in East Forest are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday saw the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Friday, Wednesday and Thursday, while incidents on Monday and Tuesday went up. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, late morning and evening continue to see the most crime incidents.

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

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This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.