Despite the fact that the Greensboro Police Department currently has 119 vacant positions, overall crime was down in 2021 compared to 2022.
As crime statistics move in the right direction, the vacancy rate in the police service is on the rise. In October 2021, GPD had 108 vacancies, so in three months the number of vacancies increased by 11.
Greensboro Police Chief Brian James in a report to city council in December said the GPD is learning to do more with less and it appears to be true.
There were 53 homicides in 2021 compared to 62 in 2020, and although this is a decrease, 53 is the second highest number of homicides on record in Greensboro.
In 2021, there were 75 rapes against 88 in 2020 and 1,983 aggravated assaults in 2021 against 2,004 in 2020.
In 2021, there were 551 thefts, of which 243 were firearm thefts compared to 2020 where there were 585 thefts of which 298 were firearm thefts.
James said the GPD is focused on getting more guns off the streets in 2021 and, as a result, 1,772 guns were seized in 2021 compared to 1,260 in 2020.
Burglaries in 2021 were down in 2021 with 1,759 compared to 2,220 in 2020, but motor vehicle thefts were up with 3,060 in 2021 compared to 2,963 in 2020.
Motor vehicle theft was almost the same at 1,121 in 2021 compared to 1,126 in 2020.
Drug overdoses and drug overdose deaths increased in 2021 with 846 drug overdoses and 122 drug overdose deaths, compared to 677 drug overdoses and 113 drug overdose deaths in 2020.
The number of road fatalities also increased in 2021 and the number of pedestrians killed more than doubled. There were 52 road fatalities in 2021 and 17 of the fatalities were pedestrians compared to 35 fatalities in 202 with 8 pedestrians killed.