Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Chief Monroe Promotes Lower Crime Numbers - Again
Majors Vicki Foster (Sans Uniform and on her cell phone), Doug Gallant, Kerr Putney, Capt Martha Dozier, Deputy Chiefs Harold Medlock and Katrina Graue at Wendover Road CMPD Office.
WFAE's Lisa Miller has the details here.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the number of crimes dropped 7.1 percent last year, a development that Chief Rodney Monroe credited largely to officers keeping a close eye on potential criminals before they struck.
Monroe also defended his department's compilation of crime statistics, saying he's "willing to listen" to anyone who can prove the numbers are not accurate.
Monroe said the results show that hard work by police and cooperation with the district attorney's office and the community is paying off.
"Knowing who are offenders are, and paying close attention to them, has paid off," said Monroe, citing CMPD's strategy to focus on repeat offenders." That was the lowest number of homicides this city has seen since 1988, and we had a 96 percent clearance rate for homicides," he said.
Monroe countered criticism from some in the community that CMPD has manufactured lower crime numbers by the way in which they classify incidents.
One Charlotte-based blog site says numbers are lowered by classifying crimes to less-severe categories, such as vehicle thefts reported instead as "unauthorized use of motor vehicles," or drive-by shootings as "damage to property."
"The numbers are going down because these officers are working in the neighborhoods," Monroe countered. "Look at the homicide numbers, or the number of Crime Stoppers tips coming in.
They're coming down. I can't fudge that."Monroe said police follow the criminal code, adding, "The code is clear. We follow that."
Totals from the 2011 crime statistics report:
Homicides: 55 ... decrease of 6.8 percent.
Robberies: 1,612 ... 10.2 percent drop.
Rapes: 211 ... 8.7 percent decrease.
Aggravated assaults: 2,901 ... increase of 3.8 percent.
Residential burglaries: 6,352 ... 13 percent drop.
Commercial burglaries: 2,184 ... 8.1 percent hike.
Vehicle thefts: 2,665 ... down 21.2 percent.
Larcenies: 21,369 ... down 5.9 percent.
Arson: 159 ... 19.8 percent drop.
Cedar's Take: Magic with numbers, in October and November CMPD Officers arrested 32 suspects and charged them with unauthorized use, during that same time 6 suspects were charged with felony auto theft. There sure are a lot of people borrowing their neighbors cars.