Police Spin Greenville Neighborhood Warning About Crime
Can you spot the spin here? I’ll highlight what I think is important:
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – “Be on watch for thefts and break-ins,” is what some Greenville County neighborhoods are telling their residents.
Greenville Police and the Sheriff’s Office said there aren’t more break-ins than usual, but they may be in unexpected areas and officials want everyone to be aware.
A Greenville County subdivision has begun warning each other to keep watch after a man was seen entering or attempting to enter homes and cars.
“I was sitting in my chair and I saw a guy walk into my garage, and I thought it was my son, expecting to come over here for my birthday dinner, and it was somebody else,” said Mike Albrecht. “He waved to me, so I came out and looked, and he walked between my two cars looking at my generator, and I asked what he was doing.”
The man left, but Greenville County deputies have since arrested a suspect, Calvin Wilson. He’s accused of breaking in and stealing from cars and houses in Albrecht’s neighborhood, and other areas.
Yeah. You know where I expect break ins to occur? Houses. But the police here are trying to say there’s nothing to worry about – there’s just a change in the types of houses that are being targeted?
It so happens that I was talking to a guy the other day who said there were a lot of newcomers in his area and many are a little unsavory. I also have noticed, on my more and more infrequent trips to downtown Greenville, that drug users are multiplying at an alarming rate. Call me a cynic but I’m betting that the drug using dependents of the people moving to Greenville County are not going to be sticking to the traditional bad neighborhoods when they need to score.
So really there are more break ins than usual, at least for people used to living in nicer areas. The cops are splitting hairs on this one by claiming that since we’re not experiencing more theft reports than average nothing has changed. Why the spin? Who knows. But it’s still a load of malarkey and tax payers deserve the truth.