The total number of crimes committed in Matthews dropped five percent during the first quarter of 2009 when compared to the first quarter of 2008. The number of crimes dropped from 551 to 523.
Violent crime in Matthews remains extremely low (they accounted for 14 of the 523 total crimes reported.) There were no murders or rapes reported during this period. Additionally, larcenies (down 16%), burglaries (down 3%), and auto thefts (down 50%) also declined. […]