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Crime is Down in the City of Dayton
DAYTON -- According to Dayton Police, crime is down in the city.
One reason for this, according to the department, is that more cruisers are out on the streets patrolling the area.
But for some, the lights, sirens and crime scenes are all too familiar.
"Every time you look at the news it's showing that someone is being killed," said Bridgette Harris, who lives in Dayton.
"I don't know if it's down from the past years, but I still think it's still too high," said Darrell Williams, another Dayton resident.
For years, crime scenes have plagued the City of Dayton.
"I think this side of town, it scares me and it does make me depressed," said Harris.
She's lived on the west side most of her life.
"I don't think that they have enough police surveying the areas," said Harris. "So I still feel like the crime is still up."
However, police say violent crime is down 39 percent, from 2000 to 2012. Homicides also are down 24 percent between 2012 and 2013.
"If they have, kudos to them," said Williams. "And I hope they can do better, even in the future but they got their work cut out for them."
The department says they've added more patrols on the west side to keep an eye out for illegal activity.
Another contributing factor is the new program CIRGV, which is a partnership between Dayton, Montgomery County and Trotwood that focuses on reducing gang violence.
And lastly, the city is using technology to map the crimes in the city and then working to prevent them.
"That's a start," said Williams. "Only thing I can say if they doing what you say, I believe they're heading in the right direction and just continue to do it."
"It makes me somewhat comfortable if that's what they're saying, and if that's true, but I do still feel like they have a lot of work to do," said Harris.
Police are also focusing on other areas of the city. For example, they have more patrols than ever in the Oregon District.
Department officials say they hope this downward trends continues.
If you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call Dayton Police at 937-333-COPS.
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