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High Point is a city of over 103,000 people, located in the central part of our state, an area referred to as the Piedmont Triad.  We are centrally located between New York and Miami, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, and between Charlotte and the Research Triangle.  Perhaps best of all, we are within driving distance of the beautiful Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains and the Outer Banks.

Incorporated in 1859, our city was so named because it was the “highest point” on the NC Railroad between Goldsboro and Charlotte.  Today, High Point and the surrounding area offer some of the best of life in a large urban area while maintaining a friendly, smaller town charm.  Our city is home to over 70 internationally headquartered companies and our county public school students represent 150 different languages.  Twice each year, High Point welcomes visitors from all 50 states and 110 countries for the Biannual High Point Market, the largest home furnishings show in the world.  We truly are North Carolina’s International City™.

And what may have brought you to our High Point Community Against Violence (HPCAV) website?  Perhaps you are searching for information or ideas on how to address violence in your own community; High Point is a great place to start.  The dynamic partnership between the High Point Police Department, HPCAV and the rest of our community has resulted in an innovative, highly effective program that continues to make our city a safe place to live, raise a family and work!

A few facts to consider:
•    Since 1997, our violent crime index has decreased 47%.
•    In 2010, our violent crime decreased for the third year in a row – for the first time in over 20 years.
•    In 2010, we logged the fewest number of violent crimes in the past 20 years of record keeping.
•    In February, 2010, a Michigan State University report compared index offenses in High Point (16.4 per 10,000) with the average U.S. index offense rates (256.2 per 10,000), as well comparable sized areas (339.8 per 10,000) and found that the overall city experiences much lower rates of violent and property crime.*

We invite you to visit our city and enjoy all that High Point and the Piedmont Triad has to offer.  And relax knowing that we are relentlessly committed to keeping our city safe for everyone.

*Statistics provided by High Point Police Department, June, 2011.