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Greenville Police Chief says city is safer than you might think

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - A new crime analysis report has Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden publicly talking about the latest crime wave to hit the city.

He says despite recent events, the research shows violence in the city isn’t the problem you might think.

"I’m not minimizing our crime rate,” Chief Aden says. “We need to do better. We're going to do better."

But he says most of the recent violent crimes, like home invasions or shootings, involved drugs or gangs. He described them as Bad Guy vs. Bad Guy and said they don't necessarily mean the general public is in danger. 

"You’re not at risk of being in your home and having masked gunmen come into your house,” Chief Aden says. “There was a drug nexus in 99.9 percent of those."

To back up his point, Chief Aden released a new crime analysis report Monday night in front of City Council members. It stacks Greenville against other cities in the East and across the state.

Official numbers from the SBI show violent and property crime rates in the city actually rank near the bottom when compared with places like New Bern, Rocky Mount, Goldsboro, Kinston and Washington. 

For every 1,000 people who live in Greenville, about 50 will become victims during the span of a year, with only 5 of them being victims of violent crimes.

"A certain segment of the public begins to think, ‘Oh my God, this is not a safe place to live,’” Chief Aden says. “But this kind of statistical data that I’ve provided today shows that it is a safe place to live. It's amongst the safest places to live in the state, and particularly in the East."

To fight what crime we do have in Greenville, Chief Aden says he's rolling out several new strategies this year. They include prevention training for local businesses that deliver food, increased crime hot spot patrols, and the launch of a new unit that will tackle gang problems on the street.

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Greenville’s police chief went before city council Monday night to present findings from a new crime rate analysis.

Chief Hassan Aden says statistics show Greenville’s violent and property crime rates rank near the bottom when compared with other cities across the East using crime rates per every 1,000 residents.

New Bern, Rocky Mount, Kinston and Washington actually have higher crime rates when using that formula.

9 On Your Side will break down those numbers for you and find out what law enforcement is doing to keep you safe on Tuesday during our 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.

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