CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - Violent crime has seen a serious uptick over the past year in Charlotte. This has led to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to ask for more officers.
FOX 46 Charlotte hit the streets to find out if Queen City residents feel safe.
The reason we're asking the question? Charlotte saw rash of murders over Mother’s Day weekend. Three people were killed. That brought the total homicide count to 16 this year in the Queen City.
To answer the question – if people feel safe - FOX 46 first went to the west side on Freedom Drive.
"Charlotte is a really good place to live and it basically is a safe area. I've lived here my whole 68 years and I love it," said Nancy McClinton.
"My thoughts are that we need to put more police protection in the neighborhoods. They need to ride around more frequently," said Eddie Winn.
Next, we went north on I-77 to the Northlake area.
"It makes me concerned. I don't go out as much as I used to. I try to stay local. I try to stay out of the Charlotte area," Patrick Covington said.
"About 4 o'clock in the morning, I leave for work. I use an automatic car starter. I always look around because you never know who is out," said Annmarie who asked us not to use her last name.
After a quick bite for lunch, we headed to east Charlotte along Central Avenue.
"I'm from Honduras. Here I feel safe because there is freedom and protection. Police works in close collaboration with the Hispanic community," Vicky McCree said.
"Here, like anywhere, there are dangerous places and safe places. I think that's that everywhere," Herbert Ramos said.
We wrapped up our journey on the south side of town near Ballantyne.
"Especially when I'm with my daughter, being more cautious. Locking doors is something I always do. I get in the car, lock the door, and put my seatbelt on," said LaShonda Jeter.
"Three in one weekend raises an eyebrow, but doesn't change my opinion of Charlotte at all," Patrick Harkleroad said.
The answers FOX 46 got were as diverse as our city. The good news - if you can call it that - is that we have had seven fewer murders so far this year compared to the same time last year.
So, let us ask, what you think? Do you feel safe living in Charlotte? Post your answers to Caroline Fountain's Facebook page.