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

The number of crime incidents in Charlotte saw an overall decrease last week, for the third week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,398 for the week of Aug. 26, down from 1,537 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were theft and burglary. Theft fell to 623 incidents last week, from 718 the week before. Burglary went from 109 to 77. Reports of theft have continued to fall for the last three weeks.

There was also a decrease in robbery, from 54 incidents per week to 46, and in assault, from 263 to 260 incidents.

There were two reported shooting incidents last week. That represents a steady state from the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick, reports of vandalism went from 81 to 89, and arson incidents rose from four to five.

There were 296 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 10 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, 70 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 60 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Mineral Springs-Rumble Road, Montclaire South and Dilworth had the most reported incidents last week. Mineral Springs-Rumble Road and Montclaire South were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Hidden Valley saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Montclaire South also fell for a second week, and incidents in Rockwell Park-Hemphill Heights are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Tuesday, Wednesday and Monday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, while incidents on Saturday and Wednesday went up. Comparing times of day, midday, early 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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