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Crime stats showing marked improvements in Rock Hill

A midst a slow economic recovery and unemployment hovering near 20 percent in Rock Hill, local authorities say crime major crime statistics are down this year and are showing improvements over a ten-year average.

John Gregory

The city’s crime report, released last week, shows notable reductions in violent crime, including robberies, aggravated assaults and homicides. Rock Hill police chief John Gregory.

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Gregory said they way his staff approaches crime prevention is unique, in addressing problem areas that combine not only sworn officers, but the community as well.

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Gregory says while the federal funding for the Weed and Seed program ended last summer, his officers continue to work with community and faith-based organizations and embark in some unique tactics to get drug dealers off the streets.

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Gregory says that cooling down led to a quick drop in crime — and changed the mindset of those living in the affected communities.

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Gregory says a spike this year in vehicle thefts was mainly isolated to shopping and residential areas surrounding Interstate 77, and extra attention to these incidents has been paid to these areas — specifically around the holidays.

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