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.