GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro Police Chief Ken Miller says Greensboro is the safest it's been since 1976.
Miller revealed preliminary 2013 crime figures Wednesday at a news conference.
The numbers show violent crimes are down seven percent, but there were increases in shoplifting and rapes. Miller said these are record low crime rates that everyone needs to be proud of.
Miller emphasized the importance of community involvement and vigilance in solving and preventing crime. In 2014, Greensboro police began an initiative to get citizens to know their neighbors.
According to Miller, electronic monitoring has accounted for a five percent reduction in recidivism among offenders in the city.
A police-issued survey showed 88 percent of residents feel safe in their neighborhoods. Miller said the new crimemapping.com site has helped keep people informed about the safety of their neighborhoods.
Miller attributed police officer body cameras for the reduction in frivolous and false complaints about police misconduct.
Miller recognized Ofc. Otis Hudson Jr. for being honored as the School Resource Officer of the Year.
The Greensboro Police Department will release more figures about 2013 crime rates. Check back for updates.