Success in the Making

A recent Guilford Record article featured Eric Newman who was part of a group of individuals called in this past June.  He has been focused on turning his life around and is succeeding.

Eric has been very appreciative of the help HPCAV has given him.  Before he received a computer from school, he came in to use our computers.  Now he comes in to use our WiFi.  He brings his lunch and uses the microwave or refrigerator at our office.  He brings his own coffee and makes 1/2 pot everyday, always offering a cup to Jim and Patricia.

His next goal?  To move out of the shelter.    Eric shows every sign of being a success in the making – thanks to the help he has received from HP CAV and our supporters.

We Mean What We Say

One of the things HPCAV does is show up in court when individuals who have been notified are charged with new crimes.  If we have made the offer of help and done our part, and the individual chooses to continue committing criminal acts, then we follow through on our promise:  to stand with law enforcement and do everything we can to see that individual is no longer a part of our community.  It happened again today, September 16.

A notified offender, who has been charged in more crimes, was in court today for a bond hearing.  Several HPCAV members went to share what services had been offered as well as their concerns about this individual and his behavior.  The result?  His bond amount was increased, which should ensure he will remain in jail pending his trial.

This matters!  We do what we promise during notifications.  And his being in jail means one less person creating havoc and harming people in our city.

Let The Race Begin!

Join us for “The Amazing High Point Race.”

Be a sponsor of our first fundraiser!

Be a participant – test your knowledge of local history and your sense of community!  

Simply recruit a four-person team from your office, family, civic club, school, or place of worship -OR- compete as an individual. Your team must accumulate the most points from locations all over High Point and make it to the finish line!

Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st place winners in each of three divisions:

– Team of four (members must be at least 18)–$1,000

– Family of four (one adult/three children – OR – two adults/two children–Children must be 17 or younger.)–$500

– Individual (must be 18 or older)–$250

Entry fees for each division are:  Team of four–$100; Family of four–$50; Individual–$25

Fees are non-refundable and tax deductible.

While you and your team race through town on your scavenger hunt for points, everyone else can enjoy the Race Festival at Oak Hollow Mall.  We’ll have great food, arts and crafts, entertainment, inflatables, car shows — something for the entire family.

WHEN:  Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., rain or shine

– On-site registration* begins:  9 a.m. in the Oak Hollow Mall parking lot

– Race instructions distributed & race begins:  11 a.m.

– Race ends:  1 p.m. at the Festival site

– Winners announced:  2 p.m. (You must be present to win.)

– Festival ends:  3 p.m.

*To pre-register:  Download the Amazing High Point Race entry form or pick up a form at the High Point CAV office, 792 N. Main St.

Complete a form for each participant. Mail or hand deliver the form with your non-refundable, tax deductible entry fee check made payable to High Point CAV, 792 N. Main St., High Point, NC 27262.

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does the Strategy Work?

You decide!

Here are some of the latest data, from June, 2011, provided by the High Point Police Department:

  • High Point’s violent crime index has decreased 47% since 1997.
  • Violent crime in 2010 decreased for the third year in a row, marking the first time violent crime has decreased three years in a row in over twenty years.
  • The total number of violent crimes in 2010 was 595 (we used to average over 1200); that is the fewest number of violent crimes in modern history.  It has not been that low in the last 20 years of record keeping.
  • A Michigan State University report published in February 2010 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 comparably sized areas (339.8 per 10,000) and found that the overall city experiences much lower rates of violent and property crime.
  • Total social cost of crime savings in High Point every year is estimated at more than $40,000,000 per year.
  • In addition, a report on notified offenders in the last three years (2008-2010) shows of the 156 offenders notified, only 15 committed a prohibited offense (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, any weapons offense and drug trafficking) after being called-in.  That is a 9.6% recidivism rate.  The national average for recidivism rate for an offender released from prison is 67% (this percentage reoffend in the first 3 years).

 

National Night Out is August 2

National Night Out (NNO) is an event, now in its 28th year, that helps improve community and law enforcement relations.  Held in communities throughout our nation, NNO is usually a community or street event where local people meet in the street or at a specified meeting place/agency to celebrate community, safety, peace, and non-violence.    Currently, there are 23 neighborhood events scheduled for High Point!  We invite you to hold an event for your community if you are not already involved.  Want more information?  contact Community Relations Officer, Robert Burchette, of the High Point Police Department for more information.  Some of HPCAV members will be floating to a few of these events across High Point.  We hope to see you involved!

Clients Build Garden Shed

Some of our clients have been learning construction skills with the guidance of Ed Kimsey, a licensed contractor and wonderful HP CAV volunteer.  They have just completed a garden shed that will be set up in the Southside Community Garden on Vail Street.  The shed will be a place to store tools used by the residents who have rented a space in the garden.

Visitors Coming

HP CAV is hosting people from across the country July 12-14 as part of the National Network of Safe Communities PEER Exchange Program, in cooperation with John Jay College. We will be a training site for three days as representatives from different communities come here to learn how we have been successful in reducing our violent crime.   Our guests will be participating in our Repeat Violent Crime Offender Call-in on July 12.

Crime rate continues to go down

Did you see the High Point Enterprise article, “Going Down,” on January 15?  The great news is that crime rates in High Point continued the downward slide again in 2010.  Unofficial statistics from the High Point Police Department show a decline in both violent crimes and property crimes. 

The Department gives credit to a winning combination – the on-going work of the Violent Crimes Task Force, additional special policing efforts, such as Focused Deterrence, intervention strategies targeting youth offenders and the work of groups including High Point Community Against Violence.

Once again, proof that the work we have been doing in High Point is having the results we want, making High Point a safer place for everyone!  Thanks to Pat Kimbrough for putting it in print.

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HPCAV President Honored by HP Police Department

On December 10, HPCAV Board President Gretta Bush was made an honorary colonel for her service to the city and police department.  Gretta has been devoted to reducing violent crime in High Point for years and has been active in working with both adults and juveniles.  Congratulations, Gretta!