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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 October 17, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Charlotte saw an overall decrease last week, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents fell to 1,586 for the week of Oct. 7, down from 1,727 the week before.

The offenses that decreased the most were theft and assault. Theft fell to 795 incidents last week, from 839 the week before. Assault went from 301 to 259. Reports of assault have continued to fall for the last two weeks.

There was also a considerable percentage decrease in vandalism, from 115 incidents per week to 88, and in shootings, from five incidents to one.

There were 32 reported robberies last week. That represents a decrease from 41 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last week, reports of arson went from one to four, and burglary rose from 97 to 100.

There were 307 reports of "other" crimes, a decrease of 21 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, 78 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 77 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, Montclaire South, East Forest and York Road had the most reported incidents last week.

Plaza-Eastway saw the largest decline. Crime reports in Fourth Ward also fell, after increasing the week before, and incidents in Sugaw Creek-Ritch Ave are down considerably as well.

Regarding when crime most often occurs, Tuesday, Monday and Wednesday had the most reported crimes last week. The largest decrease from the previous week occurred on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, while incidents on Monday and Thursday went up. Comparing times of day, early afternoon, late morning 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.