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Published on October 04, 2019
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The number of crime incidents in Charlotte saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 1,620 for the week of Sept. 23, up from 1,539 the week before.

The offenses that increased the most were assault and robbery. Assault rose to 305 incidents last week, from 271 the week before. Robbery went from 35 to 65.

There was also an increase in burglary, from 75 incidents per week to 94, and in theft, from 703 to 719 incidents.

There were 102 reported vandalism incidents last week. That represents an increase from 99 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of arson went from two to one, and shootings fell from two to one.

There were 333 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 19 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, 68 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, down from 96 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Mineral Springs-Rumble Road, Hidden Valley and Montclaire South 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.

Crime in Farm Pond went up the most; incidents in the neighborhood have been rising for two weeks in a row. Crime reports in Hidden Valley also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Oak Forest are up considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Wednesday, Monday and Tuesday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Wednesday, Monday and Friday, while incidents on Sunday and Thursday went down. Comparing times of day, late morning, early morning and mid-day saw the most crime last week.

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

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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