A recent release of Greenville's crime statistics by the Attorney General showed a three-percent jump for the city in 2008. The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce sat down with the Greenville Police Chief William Anderson Thursday, to get a better look at those numbers and find out what's being done about crime.
Anderson's message was clear: Greenville does have a crime problem, but it's not as bad as so many think.
"I think it's important that the community gets to hear what we're doing in the police department. They get to address their concerns, and it's important to get information out," Anderson told WITN.
Even though there have been more homicides in Greenville in 2009 than there were all of 2008, the chief says violent crimes are down. However, property crimes are up. Some chamber members said they were happy to see the breakdown of the numbers.
"He did a fine job of dispelling some of the myths. The perception of Greenville in Greenville is not that good. He was really able to break down some of the statistics and put them in a realistic arena," said Chamber Member Allen Smith.
Now, both chamber members and the chief are working to improve that poor perception.
Chief Anderson also said the rest of the community needs to get involved. Communication between the police department and residents is vital, which is why he wants anyone that notices anything suspicious in their area to notify authorities.