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While Overall Crime Is Down In Charlotte, Violence Is On The Rise

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NICK DE LA CANAL
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WFAE

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department outlined second quarter crime statistics Wednesday that showed a 9% decrease in overall crime. 

Vehicle thefts are down as well as burglaries.

Arrests and calls for service are also down. But violent crimes have risen in the city. Aggravated assaults increased by 6%. And there has been a 4% increase in homicides.

Deputy Chief Coerte Voorhees  says gun violence is partly to blame for the increase in homicides.

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While overall crime is down, violence in the city is on the rise.

"We have more shootings and more people shot this year than last and that’s one of the things that drives the rate," Voorhees said. "The more people shot the more likely they are to pass away creating more numbers, but those are people."

He also added that the coronavirus pandemic has impacted CMPD’s ability to do crime prevention work in certain neighborhoods.