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How Bad is Crime in the Triad? Here's a Look at the Numbers

We gathered violent crime numbers from Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Burlington, and other areas of the Triad.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Editor's note: The Greensboro homicides YTD stats have been corrected to say 11% instead of 31%. The previous data from the city was incorrect. 

WFMY News 2 wanted to know specifics when it comes to violent crime across the Triad, so we reached out to different police and sheriff's offices to gather the crime numbers. 


The Greensboro Police Department provided crime statistics for both the full year of 2018, the year to date in 2018, and year to date in 2019. 

The homicide rate in Greensboro is up 11 percent so far this year compared to this time last year. This time last year there had been 19 homicides, whereas so far this year there have been 21. 

Business armed robbery is at a 24 percent decrease in Greensboro so far this year compared to this time last year. There have been 71 business armed robberies so far this year, compared to 94 at this time last year.

There have been more individual armed robberies this year so far compared to July of 2018. There have been 170 reported armed robberies of individuals. That's a 31 percent increase from July of 2018, which had 130.

The City of Greensboro has information posted on their website pertaining to crime data. You can also use the crime mapping tool to find out what has occurred in any given area of the city.

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High Point Police say 10 homicides have occurred this year in the city.The annual crime report shows a total of 19 for all of 2018.

There have been 49 robberies so far in 2019, which police say is a 16 percent decrease from last year. There have been 25 robberies with a firearm so far in 2019 - a 29 percent decrease from last year, according to police. 

The city has seen 119 aggravated assaults with a gun so far in 2019.

High Point Police say they are in line with last years numbers in terms of violent crime. 

"We are hopeful that the prosecution of certain offenders on the state and federal level will show a positive trend as we progress through the remainder of the year," said Lt. Curtis Cheeks.

High Point Police say those who associate with violent individuals are more likely to become the offender or victim of a violent crime. 

"We offer a myriad of resources through community partnerships to help individuals change or improve their quality of life despite their past," said Cheeks, "The help is there, better options are there, but those involved must be willing to change." 


In 2018, the city of Winston-Salem saw 26 homicides, 103 rapes, 410 robberies and 1,865 aggravated assaults. 

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So far in 2019, Winston-Salem has seen 12 homicides, 59 rapes, 178 robberies and 1,103 aggravated assaults, according to crime incident data provided by the Winston-Salem Police Department. 


Burlington Police say there's been one homicide so far in 2019, which had three victims. There have also been 20 robberies and 10 kidnappings so far this year. 

Burlington Police say there have been 121 aggravated assaults. This number includes other types of assaults without intent to kill. 

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The Alamance County Sheriff's Office says violent crimes can be both targeted and random. WFMY News 2 obtained violent crime data for Alamance County from the beginning of 2018 until now. 

In Alamance County in 2018, there were no homicides, 7 armed robberies and 18 kidnappings, according to the sheriff's office. 

For 2019, one person has been murdered in Alamance County so far this year and there have been 7 armed robberies and 19 kidnappings. 

Byron Tucker with the Alamance County Sheriff's Office says you can protect yourself by being aware of your surroundings. 

"Folks may want to think about self-defense classes offered in their community," he said, "They may want to take advantage of 'active shooter' training if offered in the community or through employers."


The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says there have been 2 homicides so far in 2019. There have been 69 aggravated assaults, 15 robberies and 3 strongarm robberies in 2019. 

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office data from 2018 includes the numbers for violent crimes including murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

The number of people that were murdered in Forsyth County dropped each year from 4 in 2014 to 1 in 2017. The number of murders went back up to 2 in 2018. 

The number of rapes in Forsyth County increased from 16 in 2014, to 20 in 2015, but dropped to 14 in 2016 and 13 in 2017. In 2018, the number of rapes went back up to 23. 

Forsyth County saw the number of robberies go up from 41 in 2016, to 42 in 2017, but aggravated assault dropped from 224 in 2016 to 219 in 2017. 

WFMY News 2 will continue to update this story as new information comes in.

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