The release of crime stats for 2011 by the state shows Greenville had the biggest drop of overall crime in in the entire state among the 15 largest cities and the 10 largest county sheriff offices listed in the report.
The report shows overall Crime in Greenville down 17-percent. The only other location in the state to see a double-digit dip was Gaston County with a 12-percent drop.
Other cities and counties in Eastern Carolina saw increases. Onslow County saw an 8-percent increase while Rocky Mount saw a 2-percent increase.
Of the numbers, Greenville Police Sgt. Joe Friday says, "I think it all makes us feel proud of what we're doing. We've worked hard and that hard work is paying off. We're going to keep trying."
Greenville Resident Glenn Brown says he hopes the numbers mean fewer people are getting killed.
But that's actually not the case. While property crimes like burglary and motor vehicle thefts were down, violent crimes like murder, rape and robbery all increased.
Dashawn Braswell and his grandmother were outside their home Thursday on Bancroft Avenue. They said they aren't surprised by numbers. Dashawn, who's only 12, told us, "If you're in west Greenville then, I mean pretty much, there's just violence everywhere."
Brown says for the 23-years he's lived on Singletree Drive, the neighbors have stuck together to keep things safe. He says it's crucial to raise kids the right way in Greenville to be able to control crime. "The youth are the ones that are perpetrating most of the violent crimes. And that deals with the gang activity. So that has to be alleviated."
Friday says Greenville still has hot spots---where violent and property crime remain a concern. But says, "We evaluate weekly where our hot spots are and we move resources to those hot spots to try to address any crime issues or quality of life issues that are going on."
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