GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro police said they have seen a spike in violent crime during the first three months of the year.

  • Between January 1 and the end of March, GPD said it responded to 13 homicides.
  • GPD reported 84 robberies of individuals in 2019, a jump from 79 last year.
  • GPD also said over 51% of aggravated assaults in the time frame involved guns.

Between January 1 and the end of March, GPD said it responded to 13 homicides. That was a 63% increase from eight homicides during the same time frame last year.

GPD reported 84 robberies of individuals in 2019, a jump from 79 last year.

The department's deputy chief said officers are actively working to prevent violent crime.

"Right now we're continuing to have our officers in those locations where they need to be by being very visible and vigilant as it pertains to addressing those individuals who are violating the law," Deputy Chief James Hinson Jr. said.

The department said it needs the community's help.

"We can't do it alone. The police department, we're going to need the community. If they see something that's going on in their community and they feel it could be a violation of law or something that needs police attention, we need you to give us a call," Hinson said.

Hinson said the crime is not specific to any area in the city.

GPD also said over 51% of aggravated assaults in the time frame involved guns.