Overall crime, violent crime and property crime increased slightly, while rape, homicide and robbery decreased.
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) released its crime statistics for the first quarter of 2022, showing a slight increase in overall crime, violent crime and property crime compared to the same period last year.
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Overall, criminal incidents increased by 1%. Property crimes increased by 1% and violent crime incidents increased by 2%. However, reports of rape are down 23%. Homicide and robbery are also down 5% each from the same period in 2021.
The department continues to face an increase in gun violence. Aggravated assaults are up 5%.
Police are also urging legal gun owners to keep their firearms locked up to prevent criminals from getting their hands on them.
“Owner of this gun, if you have it, any heart in you and you care about people, you need to understand that if you don’t take care of this gun, it can kill someone. ‘other,” said Major Brian Foley of the CMPD. “It can kill a child, and we’ve seen it several times this year.”
Police are still looking for the person who shot a 10-year-old girl named Cherish in March near a car wash on Sunset Road, leaving Cherish with what police describe as ‘life-changing’ injuries .
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“I understand she is still in critical condition,” Foley said. .”
Police do not believe Cherish and her mother were the intended targets of the shooting.
“When I go to a crime scene and a child has been shot, whether they were a direct target or they were a secondary target because someone was shooting someone else and decided to shoot indiscriminately, I get sick,” Foley said. “I get sick, physically sick to my stomach. It makes me sick.”
The CMPD is also investigating more car thefts this year. The department reports that 722 vehicles have been stolen so far in 2022, an increase of 11% from the first quarter of last year.
Police say the increase in vehicle thefts isn’t just due to people leaving their cars outside to warm up in their driveways during the cold winter months.
“What we see more frequently are convenience store thefts or lazy people – going somewhere and leaving the car running,” Foley said. “How many of you have been to a dry cleaner, you’ve been to a convenience store, you see someone get out and leave the car at the pump, leave the car in front of the stores with the keys?”
Police say those quick, carefree moments become the first seconds of opportunity for criminals to get on and go.
Foley said drivers should be careful, secure their vehicles and not leave their key fob inside the car.
“It’s very simple. If you don’t want to be a victim of crime, take a few extra steps, get your things inside, secure valuables, secure your car keys,” he said. declared. “Don’t leave the car. Please don’t do this.
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