Of course crime is down again you didn't think crime was up did you?
That is what CMPD Chief Monroe is telling Charlotte this week, that crime "overal" is down.
Of course the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is also saying crime statistics for the month of March showed a jump in the number of homicides and residential break-ins.
There were 9 homicides reported January through March of last year. During the same period this year, the number was 14 or a 56 percent increase.
So murder is up 56% in a single quarter which means murder is up better than 224% on an annualized basis. TWO HUNDRED PERCENT! We can really have fun with numbers.
Keep in mind 50% decline in crime one year and a 100% increase in crime the next can also be reported as no change over 2 years.
Of course as Cedar has said before, you can't control homicides. No amount of police on the street will stop murders.
Residential break-ins jumped as well but commercial break-ins are down. I don't know about you but to me it sounds like CMPD is playing a game of "Wack a Mole".
Frankly who knows were the truth is anyway?
When Chief Monroe was asked by WCNC's Sonja Gantt about rigging the crime stats, he replied "What? I'm hiding bodies?" never really addressing the phony crime numbers.
I've got to agree with Chief Monroe, there is no way he can hide 14 bodies and if the last three months are an indication he might want come up with a plan "B".
If the trend is more murders and more home break-ins but over all the crime is down, I suggest that over all is nice but the two things that concern me most, is violent crime and home break-ins.
These crime numbers are going to catch up with Chief Monroe, and the homicide rate is a pretty good indicator something is just not adding up.
You can read more about the crime stats at WBTV's web site which is here.