Crime & Courts

Like other areas, Charlotte-Mecklenburg sees a spike in homicides

Charlotte-Mecklenburg joined other areas reporting a sharp rise in homicides in 2015.

So far this year, police have investigated 37 homicides, a 42 percent jump from this time in 2014, when officers had investigated 26.

Last year, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police investigated 42 homicides, the lowest total since police began keeping track of uniform crime statistics in 1977.

The jump in homicides parallels an increase in crime overall in the first half of this year, including a 12.3 percent increase in violent crimes.

Burglaries increased by 8.3 percent and robberies dropped almost 1.3 percent. There were 996 vehicle thefts, an increase of more than 31 percent from last year.

But overall, police have seen a downward trend in the number of violent crimes – and in homicides – for more than a decade. Police and prosecutors have said the drop was because of an increased focus on arresting and prosecuting the city’s most violent offenders. But criminologists say the United States and most of the rest of the world have seen killings decline in the last decade.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson