Greenville Walmart Crime Concerns

Greenville Police records show 17 pages with over 600 calls to the Walmart on Greenville Boulevard in Greenville within the last 12 months.

Calls ranged from assault to hit-and-run to shoplifting, producing over 200 actual reported crimes.

Residents like Zeke Jackson are concerned.

"Yes, the Walmart here in Greenville is the most dangerous place in town," Jackson said.

This summer, a double murder drew attention to downtown Greenville.

While upgraded safety measures were needed there, Jackson says, he feels resources - and more specifically tax-payers money - are being wasted.

"Round numbers - $500,000 on officers in downtown Greenville," Jackson said. "And the last time I pulled up the call sheet on that, we had 80 calls within that same twelve month period."

Compare that 80 to the hundreds of calls to the Walmart area, and it seems like a striking difference. But Greenville's police chief says calls for service do not equal crime.

William Anderson says, "I would describe Walmart as being a hot-spot for calls for service, not necessarily a hot-spot for crime. We average approximately 58 calls for service at Walmart per month."

Walmart management denied WITN's request to be on camera about this issue, but Chief Anderson says they have been working with Walmart leaders and are close to finding a solution.

"We're in the final stages of contract negotiations to actually hire off duty officers that would be paid by Walmart to work at that location."

Police records show four violent crimes in the Walmart parking lot within the last year. The total of violent crimes in downtown Greenville was listed at three.

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  • by g-man Location: greenville on Nov 29, 2009 at 02:12 PM
    carry a gun!**** the thugs
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Nov 25, 2009 at 06:05 AM
    I shop at the Washington Walmart, if I absolutely must make a one stop shop for my groceries, clothes and tires, lol. I've never witnessed crime at the Greenville Walmart, but that store is the most inaccessible place to get to. Folks walk out in front of cars as if they are not even there (almost as bad as on ECU's campus). The layout is horrible, and there are never more than a handful of registers open. A new Walmart in a less congested part of town would be very welcomed.
  • by KMJ on Nov 24, 2009 at 01:50 PM
    I cannot stand Walmart in Greenville. I go to Target. It also has a better atmosphere.
  • by Resident Location: Greenville on Nov 24, 2009 at 09:55 AM
    I would like to apologize to my former English teacher Mrs. Davis for my last post.
  • by Resident Location: Greenville on Nov 24, 2009 at 05:18 AM
    It has nothing to do with shopping it at Walmart for me personally. It has to do with one being near my home that I have worked very hard to pay for. There is no reason that this store has to go near residential areas. There is property all over Greenville that would have worked better than this strip of land between 33 and the railroad tracks. 7,000 more trips in front of your house everyday and you would not be upset. Get real. I would love to see the increase in traffic accidents that has occured between Greenville Blvd. and Portertown Rd. in the past 12 months. If you think the Walmart on Greenville Blvd. is bad now wait until the new one opens. Keep up the good work city council. Sorry I could not vote in your elections but yet am greatly affected by your decisions. By the way I actually road over to the lake during the last rain and saw the flood waters. I wonder how many of our leaders or voters did.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Nov 23, 2009 at 05:49 PM
    You're about a whining bunch of babies. ..You do realize you have a choice in life? ...Shop at Walmart and shut up... or don't shop at Walmart and shut up! ...Because of 100 naysayers, do you think they will close Walmart or stop from building the other one? LMAO ...Forget what I said, keep wasting your breath!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Nov 23, 2009 at 04:16 PM
    Build near the Ghetto and they will come.
  • by Resident Location: Greenville on Nov 23, 2009 at 12:27 PM
    Like it or not Greenville is not Raleigh. To say that the proposed Walmart location will prevent the area from being run down is silly. The area is farm land currently with some rather nice houses along the road. There are several areas nearby that have rental property that will eventually be left by the college students just as it happened at the other location. Many of the homes on Hooker Rd. were not and are not low-income homes they are working class homes. If you look at the neighborhoods on Hooker Rd. that are actually near Walmart you will see that these were not meant to be low income. When a Walmart moves in people that cannot sell start renting the property. First to college kids then to whoever they can get. People that own property in this area that will benefit are the ones that are actually on 33 and may get purchased for commercial development. Ask someone that owns property in Sterling Pointe how being close to shopping helped their property value.
  • by Don't worry Location: Greenville on Nov 22, 2009 at 09:35 PM
    Having Walmart in the proposed location would be less likely to cause the area to be run down. I have a friend that lives near a Walmart in Raleigh, and her neighborhood is beautiful and desirable because of the accessibility to shopping. First of all, the Walmart on Greenville Blvd. was built in an area that was already surrounded by rentals and lower income dwellings-behind there on Hooker Rd. Sheraton Village, like many other complexes are no longer attracting student renters because of stiff competition from "resort-type" of student housing. Walmart has not negatively affected the home values in Lynndale nor WestHaven. Don't worry, the new Walmart will probably have a different clientele.
  • by Resident Location: Greenville on Nov 22, 2009 at 04:49 PM
    Like it or not Walmart brings crime to an area. This is why we do not want it in or near our neighborhoods.

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