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CMPD: Crime Is Down 12 Percent This Year

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say crime is down 12 percent for the first three months of the year. Both property crime and violent crime dropped by that amount. Deputy Chief Harold Medlock says he's encouraged that larceny numbers are also down. "Our total larceny cases have declined by almost 8.5 percent and that's one of the crimes that is most concerning to our citizens because it effects more people than any other crime we're talking about today," says Medlock. Rape was one of the few areas that saw an increase early this year. There were 46 rapes reported for the first three months of the year. That's four more during that time last year. The highest drop in crime was in the Eastway division on the city's east side. The department says only one of its divisions saw an increase in crime. Crime was up 2 percent in the Steel Creek division in southwest Charlotte.