City bucks drop in crime rates

Violent crime and property crime both dropped nationally in 2007, according to the latest FBI numbers released Monday.

Continuing a trend that began in the late 1990s, violent crimes such as murder, rape and robbery dropped by 1.4 percent last year

Property crimes, such as burglary and larceny, dropped by 2.1 percent nationally.

Charlotte's violent crime rate has also trended down over the last decade.

But lately, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have been wrestling with an uptick in the number of crimes reported.

For the first four months of 2008, reports of violent crime increased 11.5 percent and property crime grew 10.2 percent compared with the same period in 2007, police said.

In general, the rate of violent crime in Charlotte has declined over the past decade.

In 2007 Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents saw their lowest rate of violent crime in 15 years. The rate – 960.2 violent crimes per 100,000 people – dropped 7.2 percent from 2006.

Charlotte's rate of property crime, however, recently has gone against the national trend.

The rate that property crimes were reported per 100,000 people rose in four of the past five years.

In 2007, the rate of property crimes inched up by 1.5 percent from 2006.