• Survey: 26 of every 1,000 people victims of violent crimes

    By: Natalie Pasquarella


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Crimes have dropped nearly 7 percent in Charlotte compared to this time last year.

    Police just released the numbers Friday, and Eyewitness News found there are some areas where the numbers are up.

    On Friday, police released the numbers for September and said overall crime is down 6.8 percent compared with last year.

    Property crime decreased by 7.5 percent, car thefts dropped down 2.5 percent, arsons jumped 16 percent and burglaries went down 15.9 percent.

    Part of that came from a police crackdown on crimes against homeless people in the North Tryon Corridor.

    Police said they also educated shelter staff on banning people for violating shelter policies.

    Officers made 121 arrests along the North Tryon corridor and reduced violent crime by 38 percent there.

    Now while police in Charlotte have a good hold on keeping violent crime down, it does not appear to be the same nationwide.

    For the second year in a row, the nation's violet crime rose.

    The 2012 National Crime Victimization Survey was released late Thursday night.

    It found 26 of every 1,000 people were victims of violent crimes like rape, robbery or assault.

    It is a 15 percent increase, but the news is not all bad.

    Despite the increase, violent crime rates remain at historically low levels.

    Some experts said keeping more criminals behind bars longer and developing better technology helped to drive down crime rates.

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