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Violent crimes down in Meck, and 9 other crime stats

The Story

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police released its 2014 crime report this week, comparing last year’s trends to 2013’s. Here’s how the year stacked up:

The good news

  • Violent crime: -0.6%
  • Murder: -21%
  • Robberies: -12.4%
  • Rapes: -1.9%
  • Arsons: -23.5%

The bad news

  • Total reported crime: +0.4%
  • Aggravated assaults: +7%
  • Thefts: +3.5%
  • Auto thefts: +3.3%
  • Commercial burglaries: +19.2%

C5’s Take
CMPD credits the better use of technology, more vigilant citizens and a focus on repeat offenders for the decline in violent crime. We’re a bit worried about the general uptick in crimes, especially in thefts, but commend CMPD for the notable improvements fighting some of the most egregious crimes.
Photos: David T. Foster III & Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer