Some of you have been telling us it seems like a lot of reports of violent crime you see in our newscasts come from Greenville, so we decided to take a look at the statistics to see what they show.
Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden says despite some high profile cases recently, crime is actually down by 2.5% for violent crimes. That includes homicide, rape, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, larceny, and auto theft.
Here are the numbers according to police reports for 2012 compared to 2013, January through September 22nd for both years: There have been the same number of homicides at six, one less rape this year, robberies we're up by two compared to last year, and larcenies were down by nearly 8 percent from 1,822 to 1,679.
Looking at overall numbers for those crimes combined, there were 3,030 for the time frame we looked at in 2012 compared to 2,954 for the same amount of time this year. Greenville did not see any increase during that time.
So how does Greenville stack up against other cities? We looked at violent crime percentages around the state and here's what we found: Asheville shot up 21% between 2011 and 2012. Charlotte is up by 3%, Raleigh by 4% and Wilmington crept up 2%.
Chief Aden says as the city changes day to day, his officers are evolving with it. He says, "We are building an agency that is essentially reinventing itself to fight crime in the future. I do believe the city will feel a lot differently this time next year."
Chief Aden says he's been working with crime analysts to start hot spot policing in Greenville, which we'll be hearing more about in January.