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The Good Side of 2020

High Point ended 2020 with a double digit decrease, 10 percent, in violent crime. Violent crimes – homicides, rapes, aggravated assaults and robberies – were down 10 percent. Burglaries, break-ins, larcenies and auto thefts were down nine percent. Homicides alone went from 19 in 2019 to 14 in 2020, not the case in many of our neighboring cities. The Department also seized 433 guns last year.

Interim Police Chief Travis Stroud gave credit to High Point’s focused deterrence strategy as one important reason the numbers went down. Focused deterrence uses data to identify the individuals who commit most of the crimes. Police and the community are able to target those individuals, helping High Point to work smarter to stop and prevent crime.

High Point began using this strategy in 1997. The graph below shows the changes in violent crime and population over the years.

You can read more about the strategy here.

Trunk or Treat a Success

HPCAV participated in our first Trunk or Treat at the Halloween Spooky Hoopla on Saturday, October 15 at the High Point Athletic Complex. Tim Ilderton of Ilderton Dodge loaned us a pickup truck to display our sign. Comfortable chairs, handouts and plenty of candy were all we needed to engage with everyone who stopped by. We ran out of candy, but not out of words! Working together, community partners and individuals, we can reduce violence in High Point.

Firearms by Felon Initiative

Crime Stoppers of High Point is beginning a new program that targets felons who are carrying illegal firearms. Anyone who reports information leading to the arrest of a felon in possession of a gun could earn $500. This effort is based on a successful program by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 336-889-4000 or downloading the P3 Tips mobile
app. Tips are always anonymous.

It’s another way our residents can help law enforcement make High Point safer for everyone.

Dedicated HPU Student Benefits HPCAV

Meet Elise Coby, a junior at High Point University (HPU), pictured here with Gretta Bush, our Board President and Jim Summey, our Executive Director. Her Persuasive Speaking class required her to give a “Speech of Advocacy”. Realizing domestic/partner violence and violence in general were issues of concern to her, Elise researched local organizations and chose HPCAV as the subject for her speech project. She excelled in her presentation and was awarded first place. She took it a step further and created a crowd funding campaign, raising $765 for our organization.

Elise, we are very grateful for your support and your advocacy for HPCAV on campus and beyond!

One Man’s Answer to “Why?”

High Point Community Against Violence has always focused on data – the answer to “who” is committing the violence in our city. Data has informed our strategic decision-making: which neighborhoods to target; which people to target. We have focused on the quantitative, not the qualitative. But thanks to William Hill and WFDD, we have the chance to hear one man’s answer to “why” someone commits violent acts.

Listen to it, read it or both.

William Hill and Jim Summey, HPCAV

23 Year Look Back

The slow down and isolation of 2020 gave some of our volunteers the time to look back and catalogue what HPCAV has done and meant to our city and the people who live and work here. The end result of that reflection is “Building a Safer High Point.” It’s an easy read and will answer many of the questions you may have about what we do and why. And maybe it will inspire you to join us as we continue working to make High Point safer for everyone.

You choose: e-book or PDF.

Working and Serving

HPCAV received funding through the Greater High Point Food Alliance in April and we are using the money to pay some of our clients to work in area food pantries. Our clients are unpacking trucks, moving and shelving food items. This unusual collaborative effort provides an employment opportunity for our clients and involves them in serving the greater High Point community. Area food pantries have helped our clients over the years and this is a unique way for them to “give back”.

A Decade of Good Work

In July 2010, local businessman Zaki Khalifa donated the building at 792 North Main Street in High Point to HPCAV. An anonymous donor made it possible for us to renovate the space for our needs. For the first time, HPCAV had a permanent home. A decade later, HPCAV continues to flourish in this location. In addition to providing space for our executive director and volunteers, the large back section of the building is where our Life Construction Program operates. Clients learn basic construction skills as well as general employment and life skills. They build garden sheds and go on to work on homes in the local Habitat for Humanity communities as well as repair work through the City of High Point, Housing and Community Development projects.

We also rent space to the Fraternal Order of Police, ACTS Church and a local dance instructor/DJ. The building is used to “build community” and do good work in a variety of ways.

Thank you, Zaki! We look forward to another decade of working to make High Point safer for everyone.

Focused Deterrence Works

Indexed crime or crime per capita is shown in the chart below, beginning in 1992 and ending in 2019. We began using the Focused Deterrence model in 1997, working with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and the community. Since then, our violent crime has decreased by 58% while the city’s population continues to grow at 50%. Over 2000 people have been notified. Of those, four out of five people do not reoffend. It’s not the perfect answer for all violence, but it works.

Focused deterrence overview