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Successes
In FY01, the City achieved the following:

  • Reduced crime rates in five of the eight Part One offense categories:  homicide, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and vehicle theft.  Overall crime decreased 9.7%.  Violent crime decreased 10.1%
  • Piloted a robbery-reduction program among the Latino/Hispanic community at Park Apartments that led to elimination of robberies at the apartment complex.
  • Cleared 30% of arson cases and reduced the arson loss rate by 46% from $10.13 per capita in FY00 to $5.47 per capita in FY01.
  • Targeted specific crime "hot spots" - areas with persistent crime problems - in each of the 12 Police patrol districts.  Eight of the districts saw crime decreases ranging from 8.4% to 56.7%.
  • Restructured Police organization and redrew patrol district boundaries to more effectively support community problem - oriented policing.
  • Created an International Relations Unit within Police aimed at working more closely with Charlotte's growing international community.
  • Concentrated drug enforcement efforts on known open-air drug markets: Belmont, Nations Ford Road/Arrowood Road corridor, Sunrise Grocery on Remount Road, Bahama Apartments, Grier Heights, Gladedale, Club Rendezvous on N. Tryon Street and in uptown dance clubs.
  • Reduced drug-related homicides, with only two in calendar year 2000, compared to five in 1999 and 14 in 1998.
  • Enlisted 10 new middle schools in graffiti-prevention programming.

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Challenges for the Future:
The City continues to face a number of challenges in these areas, including:

  • Responding to the growing number of robberies involving Latino/Hispanic victims.  Reporting of these crimes increased 61%, indicating a growing trust of Police among the Latino community.
  • continuing to educate citizens on community problem oriented policing.

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Crime Rate Comparison
(numbers are crimes per 100,000 population)

Crime

1998

1999*

2000#

 % change^

Homicide

11.0

13.7

12.0

-13.0%

Rape

55.0

43.4

48.5

+11.8%

Robbery

402.0

411.8

422.7

+2.7%

Aggravated Assault

978.0

863.0

714.7

-17.2%

Burglary

1,796.0

1,687.4

1,530.4

-9.3%

Larceny

4,910.0

4,926.9

4,431.0

-10.1%

Auto Theft

657.0

792.6

727.3

-8.2%

Arson

45.0

47.0

49.9

+6.3%

 

 

 

 

 

Total Violent Crime

1,446.9

1331.9

1,197.8

-10.1%

Total Property Crime

7,409.2

7,453.9

6,738.6

-9.6%

Total Overall Crime

8,856.1

8,785.8

7,936.5

-9.7%

 

 

 

 

 

* estimated population 611,251
# estimated population 627,144
^ % change from 1999 to 2000

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