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CMPD confident despite slight increase in crime compared to 2011

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CHARLOTTE — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police leaders remain confident in their efforts, despite the fact overall crime is slightly up through the first half of 2012.

Thursday afternoon CMPD unveiled their crime stats through June which revealed a spike in homicides and robberies but a decrease in burglaries and arson cases compared to this point in 2011.

While CMPD leaders are not happy on the increases this year in certain categories, they also point to a silver lining; that most of the statistics through June are still under the three-year average.

Deputy Chief Kerr Putney said overall crime reports are up four percent; including about three percent more reported property crime and a more than 14 percent spike in property crime compared to the first half of 2011.

• Robberies, including a recent one at a Charlotte Harris Teeter, are up 17 percent this year.

• There were 25 homicides throughout June, compared to 18 at that point last year.

• Aggravated assaults are up nearly 14 percent, however burglaries overall are down 14 percent compared to the first half of 2011.

Deputy Chief Putney said nearly all of those crime numbers are still below the average when compared to the first half of 2009, 2010 and 2011.

"If you look at the three-year average we're in extremely good shape. We think our contribution, the police, the work we do as detectives, the work we do in patrol, is having an impact," said Putney.

An interesting note from the briefing. Police say burglaries are down in part because more people are home in what is considered to still be a tough economy, making fewer targets for would-be thieves.

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