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Crime going down in Charlotte: What's the latest in the trend?

Crime going down in Charlotte: What's the latest in the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on August 16, 2019.

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 1,541 for the week of Aug. 5, down from 1,575 the week before.

Burglary and assault led the decrease in crime reports. Burglary fell to 88 incidents last week, from 121 the week before. Assault went from 292 to 261.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in vandalism, from 106 incidents per week to 104.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of theft went from 704 to 723. Incidents of robbery rose from 39 to 50, and arson went up from zero to five.

There were 305 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of seven 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, 63 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 70 reported arrests the week before.

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

Crime in Montclaire South decreased the most. Crime reports at Charlotte Douglas International Airport also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Derita-Statesville are down considerably as well.

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