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Police: Crime is up but it's not random

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Crime is up, but the number of homicides stays the same.

9 On Your Side talked Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden about the recent increase in violent crimes in December.

According to Greenville Police Department the number of aggravated assaults and burglaries has gone up when you compared to December 2012.


AGG ASSAULTS

/ROBBERIES

AGG ASSAULTS  

(Includes Shootings)

ROBBERIES

(Includes Home Invasions)

ATT. ARMED ROBBERIES

HOMICIDES

CALLS FOR SERVICE

(Including Officer initiated)

Dec  1- Jan 2 2012



16




19




1


1

7,825

Dec 1 – Jan 2 2013



26




25




3


1

8,083

Courtesy: Greenville Police Department

Aden says one key point the public needs to be aware of is that 62% of the 55 December violent crimes in the city are not random.

"Shootings in occupied dwellings, shooting into automobiles are very isolated incidents, but all tied in together. It's part of an ongoing feud.  We're intervening, we're making arrest, we're dealing with it, so the general public is not [directly] at risk," said Aden.

A total of 8 home invasions and 5 shootings occurred in December. All except for one of those crimes was either gang or drug-related.

Aden says of the non-random crimes, nearly half of them are against businesses. The increase in crimes against businesses is also attracting the attention of the police department. As part of the department strategic plan for the year, they have developed tactical anti-crime unit. The unit is comprised of S.W.A.T officers who research when, where, and what businesses may be targets for robbers. One of their goals will be to anticipate where the robbers will target next, and be there waiting.

“It's a different tactic, but it's one that will send a clear message that we are not soft on crime and we are taking the appropriate measure to stop these activities from occurring," said Aden.

The police department also plants to make the gang enforcement unit more visible to deter gang-related activity and reassign their patrol officers. So, instead of covering the entire city within one shift, officers will be assigned to one of three precincts so they can become familiar with the community and its crime trends.

Although the violent crimes in the city aren’t random, Aden does encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings and take extra precautions when alone in the city.

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