The perception by some that crime is going up in Greenville is not accurate, according to a new crime report.
A year-long task force report recommended by the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce, presented its findings to the Greenville council Monday night. The consensus is that overall crime is down by 10 percent, and the violent crime rate, which consists of murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults has been decreasing since 2006. The report shows Greenville's violent crime rate is lower than Charlotte and Rocky Mount but similar to Durham, and Greensboro,
"The perception that crime is going up is not accurate. Crime is decreasing but crime can happen anywhere at anytime and people should be very aware of their surroundings and they should work closely with the police," said Co-chair of the task force Bill Koch.
This report was complete in late June. Since then, Greenville has seen a spike in crime with more than a dozen shootings in the past month. .