CMPD: Crime fell in Charlotte-Mecklenburg last year

Crime in Charlotte decreased 5% in 2021, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s year-end analysis.

Categories that fell include homicides (down 18%) and robberies (down 22%), Chief Johnny Jennings said in a report to City Council on Monday.

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“Our men and women within our department have answered the call to step forward, continue to keep our community and our city safe,” Jennings said during the meeting.

Courtesy of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Here are some other categories that saw declines last year:

  • violent crimes, down 7%
  • burglaries, down 20%
  • aggravated assaults, down 3%
  • property crimes, down 4%

A few categories saw increases:

  • vehicle thefts, up 5%
  • vehicle break-ins, up 4%
  • rapes, up 19%

Jennings said many of the reported rapes occurred with victims who knew their assailants. He said further that the steep increase may have been the result of students returning to schools and reporting incidents that happened in 2020, when many schools were closed because of the pandemic.

“We have to do the report, and it goes down in these (2021) numbers,” Jennings said.

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