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Old 04-30-2015, 03:17 PM
 
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Hello, me and my wife are considering a move to Greenville and I'm trying to get a better understanding of the crime in Greenville. City-data is missing years of data, so it's hard to get a good picture of whether crime is trending downwards, upwards, or neither.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Greenv...-Carolina.html In 2008, the crime rate is 551, and seems to be in line with most of the rest of the years available for Greenville. However, the newest available crime rate is 2012, which shows a crime rate of 375. I'm trying to ascertain if this was an anomaly, or if crime is really on the downward trend. Stats are missing for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, so it's quite an incomplete picture.

Can someone fill me in, either with personal observations, or perhaps with more statistics? I've done some digging, but haven't come up with much. And please, no "there's crime everywhere" comments. Of course there's crime everywhere, but I have a much better chance of being robbed or shot in East St. Louis than I do elsewhere.
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:08 PM
 
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Old 05-03-2015, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Can someone fill me in, either with personal observations, or perhaps with more statistics? I've done some digging, but haven't come up with much. And please, no "there's crime everywhere" comments. Of course there's crime everywhere, but I have a much better chance of being robbed or shot in East St. Louis than I do elsewhere.
No, the statistics you read are not an anomaly. A new mayor a few years back and a new non corrupt chief of police did wonders. The Greenville of the late 90s and early 2000s is gone, hopefully for good. Unfortunately, the police chief recently left so the hunt is on for a replacement. Mayor Thomas is a good administrator so I have confidence that he will find a very suitable replacement.

There is still some crime. The violent crime when it does happen, is usually restricted to those types and areas where you might expect it. Murders are down significantly, and I've never heard of anybody being killed during a holdup in Greenville. Of note: There was a brutal triple murder at a convenience store a few years ago in Farmville. The "brains" behind this crime had just been released from prison in another state for a violent offense and was allowed to move to this area. He was only in the area for a short while when he killed an elderly couple in Williamston and then pulled off the robbery/triple murder in Farmville with his gang of thug buddies a couple of days later. Everybody involved were quickly arrested including some people that were accomplices after the fact.

Aside from that the worst that happens is some drunk will get rolled in downtown after midnight and break ins.
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:01 AM
 
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There is definitely a downward trend....here is an article for 2014.

GPD: Crime mostly down in 2014 - Greenville, NC | News | Weather | Sports - WNCT.com

Two things to highlight that are impressive...

1) ZERO vehicle crash fatalities

2) The homicide rate was at its lowest points in the last 20 years.

That 2nd one goes back to 1994. That is a different era.

I have made this prediction on a few threads...as the 10th St Connector gets under construction soon, watch as the crime rate continues to plummet...nothing deters crime like daily construction activity on a huge project in the middle of your highest crime area for an extended period of time. If the City continues with its active enforcement, and tearing down dilapidated properties in these neighborhoods, the crime rate may be permanently decreased in Greenville.
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Old 05-08-2015, 08:39 AM
 
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Greenville isn't violent unless you hang in the ghetto parts, with thug friends - same applies to any city. Stay out of the trashy neighborhoods and don't run with bad crowds. Most violence occurs because of bad drug deals or someone's "baby momma" got mad and set their house on fire. Not much violence to random strangers if that's your concern. No.

If you stick to the decent crowds of people and areas, you are as safe as you are anywhere else.
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