Crime in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, NC — New FBI data shows crime decreased in the United States from 2017 to 2018. The FBI recently published its final analysis of "Crime in the United States.

In the Charlotte metro, the violent crime rate was higher than the national rate last year at 426.9 per 100,000 residents. That includes 136 murders and nonnegligent manslaughters. The murder rate in the Charlotte metro was 5.2 per 100,000 people, slightly higher than the national rate of 5.0.

The Charlotte metro, which includes North Carolina counties of Mecklenburg, Iredell, Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Rowan and Union, as well as South Carolina's Chester, Lancaster and York Counties, however, saw an uptick in crime.

In order to have a better understanding of the aftermath of criminal victimization, we must begin to accept the reality that crime is random, senseless and can happen to anyone regardless of the precautions that are taken to prevent being victimized. We must also understand that a victim's life is turned upside down when he or she becomes a victim of crime.

 National Center for Victims of Crime

December 21, 2018    NCJ 252472


Data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), collects information from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households on nonfatal crimes, reported and not reported crimes to the police, against persons age 12 or older.

NCVS also presents national data on criminal victimization reported and not reported to police in 2017 and the annual change in criminal victimization from 2016. The report examines personal crimes (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, and personal larceny) and property crimes (household burglary, motor vehicle theft, and theft). It also includes data on domestic violence, intimate partner violence, injury to victims, and weapon use.



  • The rate of robbery victimization increased nationally from 1.7 per 1,000 persons in 2016 to 2.3 in 2017.

  • The portion of persons age 12 or older who were victims of violent crime increased from 0.98% in 2015 to 1.14% in 2017.

North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation December 2018

Crime In North Carolina - 2017 Annual Summary Report of 2017 Uniform Crime Reporting Data