According to a recent study, Charlotte had only 55 homicides in 2011, which is a record low in two decades for the Charlotte area. Charlotte's decline in homicides coincides with the national decline in violent crime across the nation. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the national violent crime rate has decreased by 13 percent over the past decade.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police attribute the decline to the fact they have become efficient in investigating and solving cases. In 2011, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police closed 89 percent of their cases, which is above the national average of 69 percent. In fact, only six of last year's crimes in Charlotte still remain unsolved. However, with the percentage of closure and the decrease in violent crime, officers have been able to devote more time to solving open cases.