Crime Statistics

CMPD Deputy Chief Jeff Estes says violent crime is up after declining over the last decade.
David Boraks / WFAE

Violent crime in Charlotte was up sharply during the first three months of the year, compared with a year ago. That's according to statistics out Wednesday from Charlotte Mecklenburg Police.

Murder, robbery, assault and other violent crimes had been on the decline in Charlotte and across the U.S. over the past decade or so.  More recently it has been ticking back up, so CMPD is concerned.

There were 62 murders in Charlotte last year, a big increase from 2014. Meanwhile, the new year already has seen its first homicide, a fatal shooting off Beatties Ford Road early Sunday. And with temperatures forecast in the mid-50s, the Carolina Panthers will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 4:25 today at Bank of America Stadium. 

Charlotte Sees Overall Drop In Crime In 2013

Jan 23, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe delivered the end of year crime statistics on Wednesday. Overall, the number of crimes dropped by 5.5 percent in 2013.

The number of burglaries and stolen vehicles reported decreased, but homicides and rapes increased.