According to the latest crime data from the Greensboro Police Department, crime continues to trend down but traffic fatalities and drug overdoses continue to trend up.
In the week of Aug. 1 to Aug. 8, there were zero homicides, and 23 homicides this year through Aug. 8, which is down considerably from the 32 homicides during the same period in 2020.
There were 18 aggravated assaults the first week of August and 15 of those were assaults with a firearm. The total number of aggravated assaults through Aug. 8 is up slightly with 1,172 in 2021 compared to 1,135 during the same period in 2020.
However, the number of assaults with a firearm is down with 676 in 2021 compared to 728 in 2020.
Burglaries are down so far this year with 1,070 in 2021 compared to 1,240 in 2021. But theft from a motor vehicle is up with 1,727 through Aug. 8 2021 compared to 1,696 in 2021.
Two statistics that are up significantly are traffic fatalities and drug overdoses. Through Aug. 8 there have been 30 traffic fatalities in Greensboro compared to 19 during the same time period in 2021. It’s not hard to figure this one out, with businesses closed, a curfew, and people being told to stay home except for essential trips, traffic was way down in 2020 and less traffic results in less traffic fatalities.
Drug overdoses and deaths have also increased from 2020. So far in 2021 there have been 510 reported drug overdoses and 82 drug overdose death. During the same period in 2020 there were 362 reported drug overdoses and 61 drug overdose deaths.
The number of vacancies in the Police Department continues to be an issue with the number of vacancies on Aug. 9 at 104. But when you consider officers still in training and those signed up for the next police academy class, the number of vacancies drops to 45 with 31 of those being sworn positions and 14 non-sworn.