Decrease crime throughout the City with community-oriented policing and other strategies that target specific crime categories or offenders.


   -  Robberies at hotels and gas stations increased from 33 to 54, and from 40 to 46, respectively.  The increase in robberies can be attributed to one man who was arrested for nearly 20 robberies.


Property crime increased, primarily in vehicle thefts, larcenies and burglaries.  Police continue to implement a number of strategies to remedy the problems on a long-term basis, including targeting auto thefts in apartment complexes, utilizing cameras in the Center City area to detect criminal activity, building strong communication networks between burglary detectives and patrol districts and increasing public education campaigns.


   -  Robberies decreased 46% at banks, 15.2% at convenience stores and 20% at restaurants.

photos of crime reduction efforts

   -  Crime fell in nine of the City's 12 patrol districts after police identified and targeted chronic hot spots – areas in which there has been a pattern of criminal activity.

   -  Illegal drug sales were successfully disrupted at nine of 12 target street-level locations by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's patrol districts and Vice and Narcotics units.

   -  Robberies of Hispanics declined 29.73% at target locations and 25.53% citywide.  This decrease is attributed to specific measures implemented after robberies with Hispanic victims rose by 7% in the first half of FY2003.

   -  "911" call answer rate greatly exceeded goal, with 97.4% of calls answered within six seconds, compared to the target of 85% of calls answered within 30 seconds.  The "911" call abandonment rate was 7.1%, which also exceeded the target of no more than 10%.

Chart of Crime Rate