Larcenies up, but other serious crimes down in Fayetteville

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A significant drop in robberies, burglaries and vehicle thefts, but a substantial increase in larcenies, resulted in a 16.54 percent increase in serious crimes in Fayetteville in 2019.

A crime statistics report for Part 1 (serious) crimes provided by the Fayetteville Police Department for 2019 showed a total of 606 crimes during 2019 compared to 520 in 2018, with 551 of those crimes in 2019 occurring as larcenies such as entering autos and shoplifting, compared to 431 cases occurring 2018.

The larceny rate for 2019 subsequently came with a 27.84 percent increase over 2018.

The remaining 55 Part 1 crimes in 2019, with most categories showing decreases, compared to those in 2018 included:

• nine aggravated assaults in 2019 and six in 2018

• 23 burglaries compared to 31 in 2018

• 14 vehicle thefts compared to 30 in 2018

• no rapes compared to six in 2018

• eight robberies compared to 14 in 2018

• no cases of arson compared to two in 2018

• one homicide compared to none in 2018

Less serious Part 2 crimes saw a 5 percent decrease in 2019 compared to 2018.

Traffic offenses rose from 197 in 2018 to 251 in 2019, while weapons offenses declined from 11 in 2018 to seven in 2019.

Sex offenses in 2019 increased to 17 in 2019 compared to 10 in 2018, while vandalism decreased to 69 incidents in 2019 compared to 83 in 2018.