How high is the crime and homicide rate in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point? Here are the numbers.


GREENSBOROW, NC (WGHP) — The mayors of the three largest cities in the Piedmont Triad have gathered to express their shared concern about the surge in gun violence that marked the start of the year — 12 deaths since January 1 — and also tout that overall crime is trending to decrease.

The data estimates do show some positive news—neither Greensboro, Winston-Salem, nor High Point are among the cities with the worst homicide rates—but those numbers can be confusing if they’re worrying.

“It’s tearing you apart,” Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines said of the deaths from firearms during special report on WGHP. “We definitely want to do something about it.”

WalletHub, a financial advisory site that crunches numbers and reveals trends, reported on Tuesday that the homicide rate in 45 major US cities decreased by an average of about 7% in 2022. To determine this, WalletHub compared the number of murders per capita for the fourth quarter of 2022 with the same data for 2021 and 2020, and this showed a definite improvement.

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan (left), Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines (center) and High Point Mayor Jay Wagner discuss crime and murder. (VGHP)

In a similar way, crime data collected by the FBI showed that in the cities of the Piedmontese Triad, violent crime rates stopped a sharp four-year increase in 2021, but still rose sharply since 1985. From 2019 to 2020 The number of violent crimes has dropped sharply in the state of North Carolina..

If you remove the data from the Winston-Salem Police Department released in 2020 (a statistical anomaly including only 406 reported violent crimes and two homicides), urban violent crime has dropped nearly 10% in 2021. The number of homicides is up by about two, or about 2.5. %.

These figures include crimes reported to the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point police departments, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Wake Forest University, and Winston-Salem State campus police departments, as well as the sheriff’s offices in Guildford and Forsyth counties.

They show that agencies reported 6,570 violent crimes, including 119 murders, in 2021. This figure rose sharply (47.2%) from 2015 to 2019, but declined at the beginning of this century, including the Winston-Salem anomaly.

According to the FBI, the homicide rate almost doubled from 2015 to 2019, but dropped by 18.2% from 2019 to 2020. There were 50 murders in 2000 and 119 in 2021.

And the beginning of this year is worrying because the deaths have been in different places and sometimes for unbelievable reasons. At High Point five died in one family’s murder-suicide last week.

“This is an unspeakable tragedy,” High Point Mayor Jay Wagner said. “I can’t imagine the pain the family is going through.”

Murder trends

To understand this problem with homicides, WalletHub estimated the per capita rates between the last quarters of the last three years and then weighted the data to create a 100-point score that was used to rank cities.

WalletHub found that the city with the most homicide problem is Atlanta, which scored 79.06 mostly because it had the highest change rate from 2021 to 2022 and was also in the top 5 in other years.

Atlanta is followed by Baltimore (77.74), Detroit (70.22), Las Vegas (69.58) and Kansas City (65.37). Near Chesapeake, Virginia, region where a 6 year old recently shot his teacherNo. 6 (62.43).

And while Triad cities didn’t make it into this ranking, three cities in North Carolina did: Raleigh (44.61) ranked 13th, Durham (39.56) ranked 21st, and Charlotte (33.78) ranked 36th. e.

Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit, Memphis and Atlanta were in the top five in terms of homicides per capita, while Scottsdale, Arizona and Sacramento, California were at the bottom.

Atlanta, Kansas City, Chesapeake, Detroit and Jacksonville, Florida saw the biggest rate increases from the fourth quarter of 2021 to 2022, with St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans at the very bottom.

The Chesapeake was #1 in increasing homicide rates per capita.

What are you doing?

Brian N. Williams, University of Virginia (WALLETHUB)

“Public safety, public order, and the general welfare of society go beyond law enforcement,” Brian N. Williams, professor of public policy at the University of Virginia, told WalletHub. “Schools, youth organizations, faith-based institutions, addiction treatment centers, mental health/behavioral service providers, and other social organizations play an important role in building, maintaining, and protecting strong communities.”

He said he expects communities to come up with new methods to curb the rise in homicides. “But these solutions need to be tailored to each community based on its dynamics and demographics,” he said.

Triad mayors have cited gangs, domestic violence, mental health, family breakdown and even COVID-19 as reasons for this rise in homicides, and they are keen to do whatever they can to address the issue.

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughn put it this way: “We cannot avoid gun violence with the help of the police. There are many “acquaintance crimes”.

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