Crime Data

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Crime data is used in a variety of ways and for a number reasons.

The City considers crime rates when making budgeting decisions, developing long-term plans, attracting businesses and tourism, and creating services, to name a few.

State and federal agencies use crime data for research, policy development, evaluation, program creation, legislative action, and funding allotment, as well as other processes.

You use crime data, in part, to help you decide where to buy a home, send your children to school, or start a business. (Just be sure look beyond the data; understand what the numbers don’t tell you.)

As your police department, we use crime data to guide our enforcement actions, determine manpower requirements, shape crime reduction efforts, and give you information on how to be safe.

You can find crime date in many places. On this website, you can find:

  • Crime data that is updated weekly
  • Historical data about violent crimes and property crimes. Charts and data on these pages are great for researchers, journalists, academics, and other people interested in collecting and analyzing crime information.

Two other resources for crime data are the NC State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report.

Each year, the Greensboro Police Department contributes to these reports by providing crime data to the SBI.

Find out about crimes in your neighborhood by using
the Web-based program called

About Crime Data

Crime data can change from year to year. As some investigations progress, some reports can be unfounded or reclassified to another type of crime. So, when crime data is released in one year, the number of specific incidents for that year may eventually change.

It’s important to consider changes in population when evaluating crime data because raw numbers need to be placed in perspective with the number of people affected by the crimes. To provide a consistent perspective on the extent of crime, offenses are commonly measured in rates per hundred thousand.

Our crime analysts help make our city safer in four important ways: 
    ~ Finding crime series, patterns, trends, and hot spots as they happen 
    ~ Researching and analyzing long-term problems 
    ~ Providing information on demand 
    ~ Developing and linking local intelligence. 

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