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High Point police see increase in aggravated assaults

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- High Point police are seeing an increase in the number of aggravated assaults around the city.

Capt. Tim Ellenberger says there’s been a 14 percent increase in the number of aggravated assaults from January to October 2016 compared to the same 10-month period last year.

He says there’s also been a 59 percent increase in the city’s number of aggravated assaults with a gun comparing 2016 to 2015.

"We have had 38 more assaults with guns this year than at the same time last year," Ellenberger said.

It’s an uptick police say that's been happening despite ramped up efforts to crack down on the problem by more police patrols and community outreach.

In May, police and community members went door to door, in areas with high numbers of aggravated assaults, canvassing about 500 homes in one day.

Community leaders like Jim Summey, with the High Point Community Against Violence, have been in the field with police, offering resources like counseling, housing and job training to past offenders and others who may need help.

"You can talk with us,” Summey said. “We'll work with you. We'll give you some job training if you need something like that."

Ellenberger says police have seen improvements in other areas.

Robberies with fire arms have dropped 20 percent from last year to 2016.