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Old 04-01-2007, 09:13 AM
 
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Well, first of all I have some crow to eat. Lovesmountains and others warned me about crime in NoDA before I bought here, and I pretty much blew it off like I didn't care. Well, since I moved here a couple of months ago, I have had power tools stolen off of my fenced in porch and last night my car was broken into, with a window smashed and my iPod stolen.

They took my iPod. You don't take a man's iPod. That is just wrong.

My question is regarding the way CMPD handles crimes like these. It turns out, they take police reports but do absolutely nothing with them. I guess they are using them for statistics? In fact, they will NOT take the report after 11 PM unless you do it online (my car was broken into at 2AM and I tried calling them, only to be rudely rebuffed by a 311 operator).

The rats who stole my iPod smashed a window in my car and left the screwdriver they used behind. When I mentioned this while filing the report, the officer taking the report couldn't care less. I asked if they wanted to swing by and pick up the screwdriver to get fingerprints, and she responded that they don't do fingerprints for car breakins. I asked her if that still applied to car breakins where the moron crooks left their damn tools behind, and she replied with a robotic repitition of what she had told me already.

So more or less, if you are a rotten little crook, you can go around breaking into cars all night with no fear of reciprocity from the CMPD. They don't investigate it. They don't care.

I have to say that I still love my neighborhood, but I am just not sure about how useful the cops are going to be around here. Has anyone else had experiences with CMPD that made them feel the same way, or am I just overreacting because I really loved my iPod?
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Old 04-01-2007, 09:26 AM
 
Location: South Charlotte
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Car break-ins happen everywhere. There is link on charlotte.com about vehicle break-ins in Ballantyne yesterday. My car has been broken into a few times over the years in different areas of Charlotte.

I always make sure that I leave nothing in plain view to tempt anyone.

Now the power tools on the deck thats a different story. I would go down to the closest pawn shop and bet your stuff is there.
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Old 04-01-2007, 09:40 AM
 
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Tanks for posting your experiences in NoDa and I'm really sorry about the theft of your property!

I'm consistently surprised by the crime stats in/around Charlotte. Last night looking at larceny in Dilworth, was amazed at the high numbers.
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Old 04-01-2007, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Cornelius
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Also last night two officers were shot dead. They may have been a little stretched with resources as I am sure they were trying to find the gunmen.

Sorry to hear about your loss though.
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Old 04-01-2007, 10:09 AM
 
Location: South Charlotte
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Let me say this..

I have lived here my entire life and both jobs that I have ever held required me to visit every area in and around Charlotte. There are only a handful of places that I would not feel safe in. If you watch the news or read a few of the blog's you will know exactly where they are.
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Old 04-01-2007, 10:13 AM
 
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the odds of lifting a full latent print off of a screwdriver are slim to none... instead of wasting hours and hours between collecting the screwdriver, filling out paperwork, dropping it off as evidence, then having someone spend the time to attempt to lift a print off something that more than likely will not have a print on it... its considered a waste and isn't going to happen.
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Old 04-01-2007, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Lake Norman Area
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Also last night two officers were shot dead. They may have been a little stretched with resources as I am sure they were trying to find the gunmen.

Sorry to hear about your loss though.
They have not caught any suspects yet in the shooting. And you are right, unfortunately both officers died from their wounds last night.

Pray for the officers and their families.
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Old 04-01-2007, 10:23 AM
 
Location: South Charlotte
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My fiance works at CMC and was there last night in the Trauma unit when they came in. She said there were about 100 officers there and it was a very emotional time.
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Old 04-01-2007, 10:58 AM
 
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what is NoDA?
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Old 04-01-2007, 11:12 AM
 
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Crime happens 'everywhere', but there's a significant variation in frequency.

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I have lived here my entire life and both jobs that I have ever held required me to visit every area in and around Charlotte. There are only a handful of places that I would not feel safe in. If you watch the news or read a few of the blog's you will know exactly where they are.
Agreed. In my opinion those areas include a big chunk of the East Side, Brookhill, Freedom Dr area, Hunter's Valley.

None of those areas are like anything you would find in the really big, old, cities.
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