Charlotte Crime Rate is Dropping, Police Say


by Casie Kolbinsky

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Police say the crime rate in Charlotte is dropping.

Officers at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said the overall crime rate in Charlotte dropped by almost seven percent throughout the first six months of 2013. 

So far, 24 murders have occurred in Charlotte, which is down from 27 at this time in 2012. The rate for violent crime has dropped by close to four percent. However, rapes have increased by 18 percent.

The CMPD said it is working to further increase safety in Charlotte.

"In order to continue to reduce crime, we always have to work with the community through education and ask them for their help," CMPD Deputy Chief Doug Gallant said.

The department is also launching the Hide-Lock-Take campaign, which encourages citizens to hide their belongings, lock their cars and take their keys to prevent vehicle break-ins.

Officers will post about 300 Hide-Lock-Take campaign signs around the city.




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