GREENSBORO, N.C. – There's nothing quite like North Carolina A & T's homecoming celebration. This weekend, thousands of friends and alumni of the school are flooding into Greensboro.
Greensboro police say they have had problems with violent crime in the past, but that's mainly because people unaffiliated with the school take advantage of the large crowds and partying.
Greensboro police officers are working with the school and party promoters to strategically place officers at events across the city.
"We've had parties in the past that have had as many as 1,000, 1,200 people at them for after events," said Captain Mike Richey.
Students say they have noticed the extra focus on safety.
"This year there is a lot of preparation, bunch of security, police," said Kevin Diggs, an A&T student.
"The dorms are doing a safety thing, our classes are doing safety things," said Tierdra Rembert, an A&T student.
Police officers say students need to stay aware of their surroundings.
"If you see that, you report it, call 911, and then also you leave and you get out of that situation," Richey said.
Alana Haynes is a freshman at A&T and says she's planning on going out, but not anywhere that could be dangerous.
"I don't plan on going to any house parties because that's usually where things pop off too quickly,” she said.