Greenville Police: Crime Down, Residents Skeptical

By: April Davis/ Britanny Gunter
By: April Davis/ Britanny Gunter

Greenville police say the latest statistics show crime is down in the city, but the perception from some people we talked with today is just the opposite.

A number of shootings, robberies, and gang related activity plagued the city of Greenville this past year, but statistics show that crime is actually down 17.5 percent since 2010. Sgt. Carlton Williams said crime comes in waves, but then police respond to that crime. He says that contributes to the perception that crime is up.

"Our detectives are doing a great job of solving crimes. We are partnering with citizens and citizens are helping us out with crimes. Yes we've had some ups and downs on crime and some slight increase temporarily, but then they go right back down," said GPD Sgt. Carlton Williams.

These statistics are preliminary. The SBI will release the official numbers later this spring.

Statistics from the Greenville Police Department show a 17.5 percent decrease in Part One crime statistics since 2010.

Part One crimes are classified as murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson.

Greenville Police say these numbers are based on reported crimes to the Greenville Police Department and have not been verified by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. The official release of crime statistics will be released by the SBI later this spring.

The statistics show a decrease of 24.06 % since 2009 and 26.73 % since 2007.

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  • by Officer on Jan 22, 2012 at 08:11 AM
    For those of you wanting to know how the stats say crime is down go on the web and type in the THE TROUBLE WITH COMPSTAT and you will see why the stats say crime is down. This is not the to be blamed on the street officer look to top administrators
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 06:48 AM
    ...and in other news, crimes reported as "suspicious activity" because the doughnut grease caused the cop to lose the only clue he ever had are up 34,512%.
  • by Bob on Jan 19, 2012 at 05:55 AM
    the more I think about it it could be true. crime has been so bad in Greenville it couldnt go up any higher it had to come down.?
  • by Jeff Location: ENC on Jan 19, 2012 at 05:07 AM
    How about crime prevention, instead of just solving crimes? No one feels safe to leave their house after 8pm.
  • by m on Jan 19, 2012 at 04:17 AM
    What about part 2 crimes are they down too?
  • by DB on Jan 18, 2012 at 07:27 PM
    Total bull I wish someone would expose the GPD bc the citizens of the decreased crime rate city are not buying it somebody advocate for us and do what we can't do without being tased,sprayed, assaulted. Hint Hint WITN
  • by anon on Jan 18, 2012 at 04:56 PM
    the reason crime is down last january, and again this january is because it's cold outside. 90% of your crime comes from foot traffic. with it being so cold no one is out walking, so naturally crime always goes down with the temperature.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 06:07 AM in reply to anon
      Exactly! Wait until spring and our ECU students will start back getting mugged by campus and the summer time shoot outs and robberies will begin again. The same thing happens every year...
  • by Ann Location: Greenville on Jan 18, 2012 at 03:30 PM
    All you have to do is request a copy of every police report for the crimes in question. Why doesn't anyone do that? It's public record. This is so easy to find out, it's ridiculous.
  • by obamanot on Jan 18, 2012 at 03:02 PM
    If this is true,and this good news keeps up,the unemployment rate will be down by 2.5% in the once great USA by November 2012,palestine will never again shoot another missle toward Israel,iran will never threaten Israel to wipe them off the planet,obamas muslim brothers are our friends,and never again will a man put a 38 caliber pistol up his ying yang.
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Jan 18, 2012 at 02:37 PM
    Y'all up there better ask the SBI to unleash some of their own "czars" to do an indepth study to confirm this. One poster said it. Officer responds and at the end of the call it is his determination as to sign it off. Did the wind blow the door and rattle it or was someone trying to break in. Hmmm trust in LEO seems low enough now. I have read way too many stories from up your way starting with Kandy to believe this report. Good Luck.

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