Greensboro police canvass northeast area after increase in violent crime

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro police canvassed two neighborhoods in the northeast part of the city Friday after a recent uptick in violent crime.

"We've had robberies and particularly some other violent crime," said Lt. Larry Patterson.

Patrol officers, detectives and resource officers went out to the Claremont Court apartment complex as a group.

Patterson says bringing together different parts of the agency help them better reach out to the community.

Greensboro police went door to door, talking with residents, warning them of recent crimes and giving them advice on how to stay safe.

Police were also hoping they would build trust with the residents and solve some of the violent crimes.

"We need their input and their involvement to help us solve crimes we need them to be involved with us," Patterson said.

Officer Lane works regularly at Claremont Courts and says she has had to build up her relationship with the residents over several months.

"We need their input and their involvement to help us solve crimes we need them to be involved with us," she said.

Officers say one of the frequent roadblocks to solving crimes is not being able to get the public to come forward with information.