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Old 09-15-2013, 12:01 PM
Location: Charlotte, NC
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According to the following WBTV News article (Make a call, get 500 dollars and prevent a crime? - WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC), Charlotte has experienced a spike in violent crime. This is believable when one views the "Mecklenburg Mugs", a daily display of arrest mug shots. On any given day, there are 30-90 arrests. Interestingly, only the outrageous, and heinous crimes are reported (Maybe. This is just a guess. Unless the media become more diligent in its coverage, one can never know).

Interestingly, local news media have not reported much crime committed in Mecklenburg county during the last nine months. The spotlight has been turned to the outlying areas such as Monroe, Lincolnton, Gastonia, Hickory, Fort Mill and Rock Hill instead. Every other day there's another meth lab discovered out in the boonies. That's relevant news to those who live in those areas, but not to those who live in Mecklenburg County.

At one time, one could subscribe (for free) to a service called Spot Crime and see where crimes are committed anywhere in the city. Apparently, the city has decided to limit easy access to Charlotte daily crime data by farming out the data to an outfit that doesn't even show all of the crimes on its map. I've compared REPORTED crimes from the news media to this outfit's reports, and it fails to report those crimes, or it miscategorizes the offense to downplay the severity of the crime (e.g., a shooting is reported as an assault).

Sure, one can look up an individual crime on the CMPD website if one has a complaint number or a victim's last name, or he can go to the police department and acquire a report. Who has complaint numbers or victims' names? Unless one is at the scene of the crime (or is a member of the CMPD--- or the surviving victim or his relative), he won't have that information. How practical is it for one to go to the police station on a daily basis to see what has happened in one's own neighborhood?

Why has Charlotte failed to grant easy access to city crime data? I find it bizarre that although very little crime is reported in mainstream media, CMPD is now offering rewards to help curb a spike in violent crime that has gone largely unreported.

Has anyone noticed that reporting of crime in northwest and northeast Charlotte is almost nonexistent lately? If there has been a spike in violent crime, there surely has NOT been a spike in crime reporting. If it's occurring in Ballantyne, Meyers Park, or Dilworth, let's hear about it. Same for the northeast and northwest quadrant of the city.

Is Charlotte afraid of hurting its growing tax base? (Charlotte's population recently hit the magic one million mark).

Anyone in the know care to respond?
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