WITN has obtained the preliminary crime statistics for 2010, and they show a drop in major crimes compared to 2009.
Greenville Police Chief William Anderson told WITN in December that the numbers would show a double-digit drop in crime in 2010, and the statistics obtained by WITN verify that. Major crimes, called "Part 1" crimes in the police department's report, dropped by 11.47% in 2010.
There were three fewer homicides in Greenville in 2010, creating a 38% drop in that crime column. Five people were homicide victims in 2010, compared to eight in 2009.
Larceny and burglary were both lower, by 7% and 18% respectively.
Reports of rape, however, increased significantly in 2010, by 69%.
The total number last year was 22, compared to 13 in 2009.
The numbers are considered preliminary until the state verifies them.
Chief Anderson will present the statistics to city officials Saturday at a planning session, where he will respond to questions regarding the report.
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