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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 September 27, 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 1,475 for the week of Sept. 16, down from 1,551 the week before.

The specific offenses that decreased the most were burglary and assault. Burglary fell to 73 incidents last week, from 102 the week before. Assault went from 274 to 252. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease in robbery, from 57 incidents per week to 35, and in theft, from 686 to 683 incidents.

There were two reported arson 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 vandalism went from 85 to 96, and shootings rose from zero to two.

There were 332 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 13 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, 88 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 68 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. Montclaire South and Dilworth were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Eastland-Wilora Lake experienced the largest drop in crime. Crime reports in North Charlotte also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Hickory Ridge are down considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Tuesday, Wednesday and Monday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Friday, Saturday and Tuesday, while incidents on Thursday and Wednesday went up. Comparing times of day, mid-day, 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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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.