Crime Rate Drops in Greenville: Hear Why Police Say Things Are Changing
The crime rate in Greenville has dropped significantly and the police chief is attributing it to some very specific steps they've taken to make a change in the area.
The numbers certainly dropped in 2011 but residents tells us crime in general has slowed down over the years. They say the city of Greenville used to be a much different place.
In 2011, Assaults were down 29%, robberies and thefts were down 27% and burglaries down 21%. There were also no murders in the city of Greenville in 2011.
Police Chief, Lonzo Ingram, says he believes 3 factors played a role in changing their town over the past 20 years. He says having a strong police presence in their schools, the removal of over 100 dilapidated homes in town and the impact of community involvement made allthe difference.
"Years ago, Greenville was different. But in those days we didn't have those things we were talking about," says Ingram.