RoMo's team reported October crime numbers on November 10th with none of the fan fair of 12 months ago. Perhaps RoMo senses that the public is on to his sham, as nationally crime is down considerably without any quantifiable explanation.
Washington and Baltimore, and even Detroit, are among a number of major cities that have recently and unexpectedly experienced drops in crime. Although this finding, if proven to be accurate, flies in the face of conventional wisdom about the link between a recessionary economy and an increase in crime.
According to an article in the Washington Post, violent crime has plummeted in the Washington, DC, area and other major cities such as New York, Minneapolis, and Baltimore. In fact Boston, San Francisco, Minneapolis are all seeing notable reductions in homicides.
So is Charlotte's drop in crime due to, RoMo's Fear and Intimidation Management Style, Comsat, Dumb Luck, Cooking the Books, or Just a Part of a National trend?
If RoMo takes all the credit for the decline without mentioning the national trend to our fellow citizens is that being shady?
You decide and tell us what you think!
CMPD's Crime Statistics Summary for October 2009 (Released November 10, 2009):
Through the end of October, the preliminary total for Index Offenses:
19.7% lower than the same ten months last year.
Property crime decreased by -19.6% while violent crime was down -20.7%.
43 homicides were reported compared to 67 in the same period in 2008, resulting in a decrease of -35.8%.
All but one of the violent Index crime categories experienced decreases over the same period last year:
Total robberies decreased -22.5%.
The number of rape offenses increased +15.7%.
Aggravated assaults declined -21.5%.
Burglary overall was down -20.0%, with declines of -16.1% in residential and -31.8% in commercial cases.
Reports of vehicle thefts decreased by -37.9%.
Total larceny cases declined by -16.1% with the larcenies from auto down by -23.5%.
Total arson cases were down -22.0%.
View Overall Index Report for October 2009.
Overall and Division Summary Report for October 2009
2008 Year-End Report -- Overall and Division Summary