Technology helps lower Charlotte homicide rate

Technology helps lower Charlotte homicide rate

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 7:56 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  – The murder rate in Charlotte was up a bit last year from the previous year, but overall residents in one neighborhood say they are feeling safer.

There were 58 homicides in 2013. The year before, 2012, there were 64.

Grier Heights is a neighborhood that has had problems with crime, but there have been changes for the better, said Michael Grier, who has lived in the neighborhood for 10 years.

“At one point in time this was a neighborhood that I wouldn’t live in, but I’ve been here 10 years now because I feel safe,” he said.

Grier Heights is one of the neighborhoods where Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have set up what are called “shot-spotters.” 

They are devices that can pinpoint the area of a gunshot and transmit it almost immediately to police.

Investigators say it is the type of technology that can help in the fight against crime.

Police also say people should not forget that their phones can be a tool too.

“Certainly a person can snap a picture and then when the officer arrives they can show them the picture of who they were looking for or what activity was suspicious,” said CMPD Major Jeff Estes.

Michael Grier stood on his front porch and said he sees an increased number of police patrols through the neighborhood.

Said Grier, “I am impressed with the service we get from the police officers in our area.”

Of the 58 homicides last year, CMPD says they have cleared 80 percent either by making an arrest or identifying a suspect.

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