With homicides in Charlotte creeping up over last year’s record low, police say they are increasing patrols in trouble spots but are often powerless to stop crimes of passion, says the Charlotte Observer. Almost every other category of violent and property crime continued to fall through June, compared with last year’s falling crime numbers. Police credited their high-visibility approach to crime fighting, as well as residents’ increased diligence in safeguarding valuables in their vehicles – Charlotte’s most prevalent crime.
Charlotte saw 33 homicides in the first six months of this year, compared with 26 by the same time last year. Another killing Friday pushed the total to 34. “We’re frustrated by that,” said Deputy Chief Harold Medlock. He said police have struggled to reduce the murder total this year because most victims were killed by loved ones or acquaintances in spur-of-the-moment arguments that escalated. “It’s folks who are emotional and choose to handle their disputes in a ridiculously final manner,” Medlock said. Last year’s 56 homicides was the lowest number in Charlotte in 21 years.