Combating Crime In Greenville

After a summer that saw two people killed in Downtown Greenville, and now debate about how to better get a handle on downtown crime, the city held a crime summit Wednesday night.

Every single seat was filled inside Greenville's City Hall. Residents and city leaders came out to discuss the crime in Greenville which is perceived by many to be out of control.

Greenville Police Chief, William Anderson says, the perception does not match the reality.

He calls Greenville's crime rate on average with the rest of the United States.

Recent crime numbers show an overall six percent increase across the board, with homicides jumping up from four in 2008 to 7 so far in 2009.

Chief Anderson wants people to get involved and hopes the summit will bring fresh ideas to the table.

Chief Anderson says the number of crimes in Greenville has slightly decreased since 1999.

He says the population within the last 10 years has increased by almost 30 percent, making the ratio from people to crime on par with the average across America.

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Residents of Greenville will have the chance to ask their questions about crime to the people who are paid to serve and protect Wednesday.

Greenville is hosting a crime summit for law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges and the public is invited. The crime summit is tonight at 6:30 at City Hall.

The summit will include a keynote address by the State Crime Control and Public Safety secretary, Reuben F. Young, followed by a presentation by Chief of Police William Anderson.

Dr. Virginia Hardy, East Carolina School of Medicine, will moderate the public forum and panel discussion portion. The panel will include Pitt County Sheriff Mac Manning, and several prosecutors and judges, they’ll take questions from the audience.

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  • by lucky on Sep 28, 2009 at 08:37 PM
    if the chief and the citizens would let all law enforcement do their job and not cry when someone gets roughed up a little bit then you would see the crime rate go down. no one has any respect for the law anymore. all there hands are tied because of lawsuits. I say we need to bring back the criminals getting roughed up a little bit. at least then the respect would come back. It takes a wolf to catch a wolf. a sheep can't do it....
  • by local Location: Farmville on Sep 25, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    There is a crime problem in Greenville, I have lived in larger cities with greater populations that have less crime. The chief of police and sherriff need to take the concerns of local citizens more seriously. We obviously have a growing gang population in the area. Armed robberies certainly seem to have increased in the area. It is truly sad that such young people are committing these crimes. I no longer go to the mall alone in Greenville, even during the day. Downtown, forget about it unless there is a large gathering.
  • by Mike Location: Jacksonville on Sep 24, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    The best way to handle crime is to have parents instill sefl disipline and respect for others while they are small children, and keep reinforcing it until they have left the home. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world! It's not rocket science.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 24, 2009 at 12:07 PM
    how many crimes were prevented because during this summit?
  • by to seth Location: g'ville on Sep 24, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    ur exactly right!! the chief and city council should b more concerned with lowering crime BELOW average rather than convincing us that we're on PAR with the rest of the country. our officers do a GREAT job, its the leadership (council) that is the problem. Oh, and i LOVED the way they snuck gun control into the conversation. great idea- has definitely worked in Australia.
  • by Satan on Sep 24, 2009 at 07:41 AM
    This is like Obama talking about the economy and then giving bailouts to his buddies. I'm a good public speaker too... how do I become police cheif? At least I won't rattle off dumb stuff like "its not as bad as it seems"
  • by Bob Location: Greenville on Sep 24, 2009 at 07:03 AM
    Ok, so we're about average on crime. Last summer, people were killed standing on the sidewalk. People get shot while they're sitting on their front porch. Maybe that is average, but let's strive to be better than average. The city council, the police chief, the sheriff, and most of all the citizens should not be satisfied until the crime rate drops to zero.
  • by S Location: ENC on Sep 24, 2009 at 06:43 AM
    I'm sure no one is surprised by the attitude of Greenville's police chief..."Its not as bad as it seems" That statement in and of itself should prod the City Council to get rid of this complacent individual....Its painfully obvious that he would much rather pat the thug on the back than send him to jail...
  • by Seth on Sep 24, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    I don't agree with this being on par with america crime percentage. They should try and be below the average. He is the most worthless person in the city right now.
  • by betty Location: cortland on Sep 24, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    To get a handle on the crime in Greenville, Pitt County; get rid of Chief Anderson. He goes and crime will go. He lets to many crimals get away with crime.
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