New Safety Procedures Started In Downtown Greenville

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

If you plan on driving into downtown Greenville, you may notice a few road blocks.

New safety measures went into effect Thursday night in the downtown Greenville area after a rash of violent crimes.

Greenville police are diverting traffic away from the downtown area with barricades set up from Fifth St. between Washington St. and Reade Circle along with Cotanche St. between Fourth and Reade.

The new plan was supposed to start at 10 p.m. Thursday night. WITN crews were on the scene, and the barricades did not go up at the appointed time. However, they were up by midnight.

Police say the road blocks will be set up from 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Police are also beefing up downtown security with at least 25 patrol officers on foot.

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  • by Jesse Location: Greenville on Jul 17, 2009 at 07:07 AM
    This sucks, I can't drive downtown now at night :(
  • by John on Jul 14, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    WOW! It's taken us long enough to realize that we actually have to stand up to the crime here in Greenville! Man, it sure has taken us long enough!
  • by Rose High '93 on Jul 13, 2009 at 12:54 AM
    Hey I have an idea! How about the GPD stop standing around looking @ the young party girls and do something like actually patrol downtown. How about stopping these underaged youth from loitering on the sidewalks and parking lots. And by the way there is a tactful way of doing this, not everyone has to get their head busted open or hauled off to PCDC to get the message. You know kind of do what us tax payers pay you to do. Use all that high priced training you get in crowd control and public relations, keep that good image in the community.
  • by TruthBTold on Jul 10, 2009 at 07:22 PM
    ECU football has nothing to do with this story! Why do you people always bring that mid major no good team into these things? There is a CRIME problem in this town!!
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Jul 10, 2009 at 06:37 PM
    Also no complaining if something happens like what happened at the ECU football game. At this point I would expect there to be zero tolerance of any acting up downtown.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Jul 10, 2009 at 06:34 PM
    People need to chill out and give the police a chance. Now if they started sending the Swat team to patrol around downtown with rifles out and have checkpoints to id everyone coming downtown then people would have a fit saying they were going overboard. Now keep in mind that with beefed up patrols that they are going to be seeing more of the underage drinkers so dont get mad about the increase in underage drinkers that get ticketed. The law is the law. Also these extra patrols have to come from somewhere. So watch as crime in other areas go up because of the decrease in patrols in other areas.
  • by Dave Location: The blue planet on Jul 10, 2009 at 03:45 PM
    I bet if they painted the cones blue and red, that would deter the gangsters.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: Vanceboro on Jul 10, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    Thank goodness Greenville is trying to deter shootings and loitering in downtown, to keep the shop owners/patrons safer. Sad, sad, sad, that locals, students, must 'detour' driving downtown because of a few 'bad apples'. I imagine quiet, peaceful folks in search of a good restaurant and shopping and nothing more, will not even go downtown. They will go somewhere else to eat or shop that is more patron-friendly. It will be left to the nighttime revelers, kinda like New Orleans, LA is frequented by party folk.
  • by Jay Location: gville on Jul 10, 2009 at 01:17 PM
    this is nothing new they (police) have been doing this for some time now on busy nights.
  • by Kelly Location: ECU student on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    I wonder how long it will last? I had an apt yesterday and could've easily walked but for fear of being shot I didn't.
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