Crime numbers remain higher in Charlotte than last year, but police say they are making progress thanks to officers who target repeat offenders and help from the community, reports the Charlotte Observer. By the end of September, this year's property crimes had increased by 3.8 percent over the same period last year, and violent crime had increased by 12.7 percent. Deputy Chief Doug Gallant said that, aside from aggravated assaults, crime numbers remain below the department's three-year averages.
During the first nine months of 2012, 40 homicides were reported across Charlotte, the same as last year. Police got reports of 1,312 robberies this year, an increase over the 1,134 robberies reported by the end of September last year. The firearm by a felon tip line, launched in May, encourages people to give police information about the identity and whereabouts of felons carrying guns. Since then, police have received more than 1,600 calls from tipsters. Police touted their Priority Offender Strategy Team Targeted Action Plan, a group assembled in early 2010 to combat crime across the city, particularly property crime.