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TPD works to sink crime over summer

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They are hot spots for illegal activity, but not for long.  The Toledo Police Department has a plan to crack down on crime in certain neighborhoods across the city this summer. A major part of the department's plan is communicating with residents

TPD's gang unit patrols the streets daily to help sink crime. Over the weekend, a man was shot and killed off of Bancroft. TPD officers made a quick arrest.

Residents admit they normally feel that there's an uptick in shootings when it gets warm.

"We got kids and school is getting ready to get let out and that's when it gets really dangerous because you got kids on the street all the time," says resident Lionel Hueston.

13abc road along with Lt. Ed Bombrys of the gang unit. He says TPD has a strategic plan to fight violent crimes, but he can't give out details

"We are always evolving or changing our plan on a daily weekly or monthly basis to what areas what individuals what people what gangs we want to put much attention too," said Lt. Ed Bombrys from the Toledo police department.
 
The officers believe they have a better handle on the street problems. Officers say they're  trying to be more proactive to neighborhood issues.
Officers will occasionally stop and check folks they believe are loitering. Crime stats have helped police target problem areas.
Toledo has seen a decrease in violent crimes. In 2012 Toledo recorded 39 murders, 1126 robberies, 2015 felonious assaults and 6729 burglaries.
    
The crime numbers in 2013 dipped -- the city recorded 28 murders, 962 robberies, 1783 felonious assaults and 5357 burglaries. Officers hope to help create a new normal for residents who live in crime ridden neighborhoods.

"They know the area better than anyone they know information better than we do. We always need information from the citizens to help solve the crime their area," said Lt. Bombrys.
          
It's information officers say can help clean up the streets and keep citizens safe.

"I'm not a policeman but we need to watch out for the neighborhood that's what I plan on doing," said Hueston.  

Officers are encouraging citizens to sign up for TPD's new crime alert system. Visit ToledoPolice.com if you're interested.


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