Why is there sooooo much crime in Greenville?
Posted in the Greenville Forum
I'm shocked at the crime level in Greenville. Why is it so high and is anything being done about it?
Granted, the rate is still pretty high when compared to similar-sized cities in North Texas. However, the vast majority of the major offenses compiled and reported to the FBI by law enforcement agencies — referred to as “Part One” crimes — homicides, forcible rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts and automobile thefts — are not ones which law enforcement can prevent,
Short of having an officer standing over someone's shoulder 24 hours a day, they aren't going to stop someone from assaulting or robbing someone else, lighting up or passing a joint, or stealing something, or breaking into someone's home or business.
They can catch them after the fact, and they have been doing a good job considering the task they are facing and the lack of manpower available. Local prosecutors are being more aggressive lately. A dozen people were sentenced to prison in the past year on organized crime charges after they were found to be breaking into cars and stealing identity information.
Several hundred felony indictments are being issued by the Hunt County grand jury every year, and several thousand misdemeanor charges are filed.
Our county jail routinely houses more than 200 inmates at a time.
It really isn't so much the crime as the way the newspaper over reports it. We don't need every crime splashed on the front page multiple times as it makes its way through the courts. They sensationalize it and it scares the public into thinking things are worse than they really are.
Also, so much of this is domestic violence on other family members or one drug dealer getting at another. The general public is not usually the victim in a lot of these crimes.
While I agree with Trent that much of the crime is domestic and/or drug related, that doesn't mean the general public isn't usually a victim. Drugs tend to be the reason behind many of the burglaries, robberies and even violent assaults in the county, and the victims of those offenses are usually the general public.
And even the victims of domestic violence deserve to have their voices heard in the court system
Now as to whether the newspaper is "sensationalizing" the crimes. I disagree. In virtually all of the crimes which make the front page, the offense is a top level, first degree felony to begin with and they are reported on when the offense is reported, when there is an arrest, when a bond is set or denied, when the individual is indicted by the grand jury and then there is a trial pending.
In the case of murders, etc. we also report on the trial when possible.
This is no different than how the Dallas or national media handle the major cases on which they report.
In fact, the Dallas media often comes to Greenville/Hunt County to cover the exact same offenses which are reported on in the newspaper.
Now there are times, such as what occurred last summer, when there are two or three major offenses which happen almost on top of one another and the coverage by the newspaper of the offenses does tend to increase. But again, it is the local news source which is reporting on a major crime which occurred locally and affected local residents and their families and friends.
And, believe it not, in these instances, the newspaper often comes under fire for not doing MORE reporting on the stories.
In many cases, it is the crime itself which is sensational in nature. But the newspaper's reporting the details of the case is not sensationalizing the crime.
Of course, the newspaper should report major offenses. BUT most of it should NOT be on the front page and should not have the follow-ups on the front page. The placement sensationalizes it more than the story itself. "Local Dude" seems to be completely in denial about how much the newspaper is hurting the community.
The drug dealers are shooting/beating up the other drug dealers. Otherwise, Greenville is a safe place to live. As far as the newspaper is concerned, yeah they are going to blast everything on the front page to try to sell newspapers. But I've lived here 5 years and feel totally safe.
Seems like a lot of the bad guys are moving to Commerce, so maybe the crime rate will drop in Greenville, but go up here. Rats!
Trent, I am continually surprised when people keep claiming that the newspaper focuses too much on crime on the front page.
Yes, we do have a lot of crime news on the front page, but usually it is only when it is a major crime (murders, etc.), which deserve the attention.
But we also have just as much, if not more, positive news on the front page and all through the newspaper EVERY DAY. We also cover city and county politics.
But, unfortunately, people do not notice those stories nearly as much as they notice the more unfortunate situations on which we report.
In other words, people look for those stories and remember those stories more than the good news. It is sad, but apparently that is true.
Which is one of the reasons why they often take prominence when they occur.
Yes, we are in the business of selling newspapers, as well as ads in the papers, on our web site and on our Facebook page. We are not strictly in the business of acting as a cheering section or promotional tool for the chamber of commerce or board of development.
If some major crime comes up, we report on it, just as we report on the two industrial expansions so far this year, along with the company taking over the Woodgrain plant which is already talking expansion.
We also tell people about the Walk-A-Thon, the GISD Educational Enrichment Series, Audie Murphy Days, the Relay for Life, and so on.
We sell papers for those events, just as much as we do based on the crimes we cover.
Of course, no one seems to fault the Morning News for all the crime news they report, even when it is in Greenville and Hunt County, nor do they complain when the Dallas/Fort Worth television stations come to town to cover the exact same stories that we are covering.
Not to mention, take a listen some time to all the radio stations in the area, who also report on the exact same stories we cover. The reason is, many of them get those stories from our front page/web site etc.
But they get a free pass, while we get criticized.
The horse story...one or more persons should have been fired over that one. The Herald Banner just doesn't have the community interest at heart anymore. It is going down, down, down...
Since apparently few of you actually read the newspaper, or apparently only read/are interested in the crime stories, here are a few of the articles you apparently missed during the past week:
Really? You have to ask?
Greenville is not a safe town to live in. It's absurd how much crime there is here. I'd really, truly like to know why. What is the source? I don't believe it's the fault of the police. There is obviously a very bad element here. Who are the perpetrators and why are they here?
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