The fight for the title of best crime-fighting neighborhood in south Charlotte rages on.
At the start of the New Year, the South Division of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department started a "South Charlotte Homeowners Against Residential Crime" competition between five neighborhoods in South Division's Response Area One, which encompasses the area north of Pineville-Matthews Road and south of Fairview Road.
The inaugural competition, which started Jan. 1 and will end June 30, includes the Park Crossing, Quail Hollow Estates, Montibello, Huntingtowne Farms neighborhoods and the Old Salem/Woodbridge communities.
To decide which community is most effectively engaged in reducing crime, CMPD is weighing two factors: the crime rate in specific categories and the number of crime-prevention infractions.
Each week, the neighborhoods will be ranked by the crime rate per home in three categories: larceny from auto, larceny of auto and residential burglary.
The second factor is the number of crime-prevention infractions. CMPD officers will be doing "audits" anytime from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on a random selection of 25 homes in each neighborhood per week.
Mishaps such as leaving newspapers and packages unattended, leaving a vehicle unlocked or with valuables visible and keeping the garage door open would all count against the community.
Currently, Quail Hollow Estates has taken the lead.
In his February 2011 newsletter to residents, Response Area Commander Sgt. Travis Pardue reiterated that the competition wouldn't have an effect on the routine police presence in the area.
"Rest assured, we will continue to do our regular patrols within your neighborhood as we have during the last two years," reads the newsletter. "Nothing will change in that regard."
The winning neighborhood will be awarded a trophy and a neighborhood sign. CMPD South Division officials anticipate the competition will get good traction in south Charlotte and plan to expand to other neighborhoods and response areas. The sign will move every six months.