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Posted: 11:53 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013
By Andrew Doud
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Crime numbers were released by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Wednesday morning and show a decrease in crime in some areas.The Freedom Division saw the largest decrease in overall crime at 3.5 percent. Burglaries were down almost 20 percent in the Freedom Division also.During a news conference CMPD Police Chief Rodney Monroe congratulated members of the Freedom Division and outlined some statistics for the city as a whole.Violent crime increased by almost 9.5 percent, though there were three fewer homicides between 2011 and 2012.The largest increase in crime came from robberies. There were almost 1,800 robberies in 2012, compared with just over 1,600 in 2011. That is an increase of 11.5 percent.Monroe said one of the efforts they are focusing on to bring numbers down in 2013 is to make sure repeat offenders are not out on the street."I keep talking about accountability because that's so key … If people do not believe that there is a penalty for committing crimes in our community, they will only continue to do such,” Monroe said.Monroe also touched on how some technology they got for the Democratic National Convention has helped their efforts.We will have the full story starting at 5 p.m.
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