New Study Reveals the Most Common Types of Crimes Committed in North Carolina

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The most recent research published on 24/7 Wall St. revealed the most common types of crimes that are being committed in Charlotte and other parts of North Carolina. The study concluded that in 2018, the most recent year for which crime data is available, crime was more common in North Carolina than it was on average across the United States.

crime-scene-Mecklenburg-Union-County-Iredell-County-criminal-defense-lawyer-300x225In 2018, over 298,000 crimes were reported in North Carolina. When adjusted for population, the state’s crime rate was 2,872 crimes per 100,000 people. For the sake of comparison, the national crime rate in the U.S. was 2,580.


What are the Most Common Types of Crimes in North Carolina?

The study revealed the most common types of crimes committed in North Carolina. They were broken down into two categories:

  1. Property crimes (larceny, burglary, motor vehicle theft); and
  2. Violent crimes (robbery, aggravated assault, rape, murder).

Property Crimes

Property crimes accounted for a staggering 87% of all crimes reported in North Carolina in 2019. That is nearly 259,000 property crimes, or 2,494 per 100,000 people, which is higher than the national crime rate of 2,200 per 100,000 people.

  • Larceny is the most common type of property crime. Nationwide, larceny accounted for 72% of all property crimes. North Carolina’s crime rate for larceny was 1,724 per 100,000 residents.
  • Burglary or break-ins. There were over 62,000 reported break-ins in North Carolina. The crime rate of 600 per 100,000 residents was the sixth-highest rate in the U.S. in 2018.
  • Motor vehicle theft. The state’s rate of 170 reported crimes of motor vehicle theft per 100,000 residents was slightly lower than the national rate.


Violent Crimes

In North Carolina, violent crimes account for only 13% of all crimes across the state, which is slightly lower than the national rate (15%). North Carolina’s violent crime rate was 378 per 100,000 residents in 2018. There were nearly 40,000 violent crimes reported to law enforcement agencies in the state.

  • Aggravated assault. There were over 27,500 cases of aggravated assault reported to law enforcement agencies across North Carolina in 2018, or 265 per 100,000 residents. The crime rate was slightly higher than the national rate.
  • Robbery. After assault, robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in North Carolina and all across the U.S. In 2018, there were 8,423 robberies reported in the state.
  • Rape. In 2018, there were 2,633 rapes reported in North Carolina, or 25.4 per 100,000 residents.
  • Murder. North Carolina had 628 cases of murder reported to law enforcement agencies in 2018, or six per 100,000 residents.

Also, the study found that Mecklenburg County, in which Charlotte is located, had the highest crime rate in the state (4,212 per 100,000 residents).


How a Criminal Defense Attorney can Help

If you were charged with any of the above-mentioned crimes or any other crime in Charlotte, Mooresville, or Monroe, do not hesitate to contact our skilled criminal defense attorney at Arnold & Smith, PLLC.

Our results-driven and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyers handle all of the crimes mentioned earlier. An experienced attorney can help you get the criminal charges against you dropped or reduced by:

  • Identifying weaknesses in the prosecution’s case
  • Cross-examining government experts
  • Advising on your best legal option to proceed in court
  • Negotiating aggressively to have the charges reduced or dropped
  • Mitigating the offenses at sentencing
  • Collecting evidence to find mitigating circumstances or prove your innocence

Schedule a consultation with our attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, to discuss your particular case. Our lawyers are taking cases throughout North Carolina with offices in Charlotte, Mooresville, and Monroe. Call our lawyers at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, at (704) 370-2828 to evaluate your options or fill out our contact form. Now taking cases throughout North Carolina with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and Monroe.







The criminal defense attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC make it their mission to zealously defend their clients on a wide range of criminal matters at both the state and federal levels. These matters may include any charge from traffic offenses; DWI/DUI; drug charges (from simple possession to possession with intent to distribute and trafficking); gun permit denials; weapons offenses; and property crimes (larceny, breaking and entering, robbery, fraud, embezzlement, white collar offenses); to sexually related offenses (indecent exposure; sexual assault, crimes against nature, removal from sex offender registry); and violent crimes (domestic violence; assault; manslaughter; homicide, murder). Other legal issues that Arnold & Smith, PLLC criminal clients may be facing include restraining orders, restraining order and probation violations, expungements; appeals; and immigration issues related to criminal charges. Our criminal defense attorneys are passionate about ensuring that individuals empower themselves by being informed about their constitutional rights, and stand at the ready to fight in the defense of those facing criminal charges.





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