Crime Jumps 12 Percent In Charlotte
After three years of declining crime rates, Charlotte-Mecklenburg saw a 12 percent increase overall during the last three months, compared to the same period in 2011. CMPD reports twice as many homicides and 40 percent more robberies for the period. It's not clear what drove the increase, but Major Doug Gallant said CMPD's crime-fighting strategies are "solid." "I think it's a matter of continuing doing what we're doing, cause I think we've seen it work in the past and I think it can work now," said Gallant at a press conference to announce the statistics. "Right now we're seeing a spike and we're concerned about the spike and we're gonna continue to work very, very hard to put these offenders in custody." That includes targeting drug and nuisance locations frequented by offenders with a tendency to be violent. CMPD also saw a 13 percent increase in reported rape during the first quarter. Aggravated assaults were up nearly 15 percent. However, vehicle thefts went down nearly 12 percent, which Gallant attributes to a CMPD initiative aimed at getting people to secure their cars and not leave keys in the ignition. Crime was up all over the county last quarter. The biggest increases were in CMPD's Hickory Grove and Westover Divisions with about 24 percent each. The Providence Division had the smallest increase in crime: 0.2 percent.