Community urged to help fight crime in Durham

Durham Police Department

July 26, 2012 8:21:42 PM PDT
Durham Mayor Bill Bell has vowed to crack down on violent criminals. Now, city leaders are saying they're bringing down crime.

New crime stats were presented at a community meeting Thursday evening. However, city officials said they need more help from the community.

"Every time there's a bullet fired in the City of Durham, I guarantee we're all at risk, and we need to be very much aware of that," said Police Chief Jose Lopez.

Bell said crime has gone down, after a rise in violence last year.

In 2012, the city has focused on northeast central Durham as a target to reduce gun crime through enhanced patrolling.

"We understand that all crime is an issue but crimes committed with guns involve more of an opportunity for bodily harm," said Bell.

The city hopes to spread its crime fighting strategies to other parts of the city.

Police also said they're monitoring the biggest offenders responsible for the most violent crime, but said tips are still needed from not only all residents but especially witnesses.

If you have crime in Durham you want to report, you can call Crime Stoppers at (919) 683-1200.

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