Charlotte-Mecklenburg police announced Wednesday that the number of violent and property crimes has decreased in the first six months of 2013, compared with the same period a year ago.
Violent crime was down 4.1 percent from January through June. Property crime fell 7.1 percent in the same period.
Police said crime was down in almost every area, although officers noted an uptick in the number of arsons and rapes.
According to the statistics released by CMPD:
• Police have investigated 24 homicides through June, compared with 27 in the first six months of 2012.
Deputy Chief Doug Gallant, who led a briefing on the crime numbers, said the department’s clearance rate for homicides outpaced the national average.
“Our clearance rate in those cases is about 79 percent,” he said. “The nationwide average is about 63 to 65 percent.”
• The number of robberies decreased 1.5 percent.
• The number of aggravated assaults has fallen 7 percent this year.
• The number of rapes has increased 18 percent in the first half of 2013.
Gallant conceded that rape is a multifaceted problem. “We really haven’t been able to get a handle on that crime (rape),” he said. “We see the numbers go up from time to time.”
Gallant said officers have been conducting programs on college campuses, educating students about the danger of date rape.
“We take these cases very seriously,” he said.
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