Overall crime was up in 2022, but down in violent crime


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s End of Year report showed that overall crimes were up by 3%, while violent crime was down 5% in 2022.

Chief Johnny Jennings attributed the decrease of violent crimes to the number of guns taken off the street.

The department’s crime gun suppression team saw an 8% increase in gun seizures, with more than 3,182 guns taken off Charlotte’s streets. 

“It’s not just a matter of taking the guns off the streets, but they’re intentional about who those guns come from,” Jennings told reporters in a news briefing on Thursday.

“They are intentional about looking at those violent offenders that have the propensity to commit violent acts with the use of a firearm.”

Juveniles committing crimes

There were 110 homicides in 2022, a 10% increase from 2021. The oldest victim was 66-years-old while the younger was two, police say.


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