Crime in Charlotte Down 7 Percent in 2011

Crime in Charlotte Down 7 Percent in 2011

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released its annual crime statistics for 2011 and overall crime is down 7 percent.

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe spoke Tuesday morning at the department’s Providence Division, the area which saw the biggest decrease in crime. He said the results show that hard work by police and cooperation with the district attorney’s office and the community is paying off.

Monroe credited the decline to officers keeping a close eye on potential criminals before they struck and assistant DA’s now come to homicide scenes and can expedite search warrants. He also cited help from community organizations in helping cut the crime rate; noting that Men Who Care, a group of African American males, took to the streets on July 4 and New Years Eve, in the wake of trouble during the Speed Streets events in late May uptown.

“Their support helped decrease crime,” Monroe said. “And so have the Police Activities League and Right Moves for Youth.

“It takes support from all of the community.”

Among highlights from the 2011 crime statistics report:

Homicides: 55 … decrease of 6.8 percent.

Robberies: 1,612 … 10.2 percent drop.

Rapes: 211 … 8.7 percent decrease.

Aggravated assaults: 2,901 … increase of 3.8 percent.

Residential burglaries: 6,352 … 13 percent drop.

Commercial burglaries: 2,184 … 8.1 percent hike.

Vehicle thefts: 2,665 … down 21.2 percent.

Larcenies: 21,369 … down 5.9 percent.

Arson: 159 … 19.8 percent drop.

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