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New Efforts Help To Reduce Violent Crimes
As of September 10th, there have been 309 shootings in the city of Cincinnati this year.
That is up 14% over last year.
In 2012 the West Side was at the top of the violent crime list.
So far this year, it is the part of the city with the biggest drop in shootings. In the past month, violent crime went down 16%.
Police are trying something a little different, with the help from some technology.
Local 12s Deborah Dixon has the story.
The robbers, the shooters, the teens hanging out with known gangters. Cops on the west side know who they are and where they live. In-between runs, they're making home visits.
We're here passing out a letter today.
Hopefully having police coming to door keeps him on right track.
He's scared to go anywhere, he's on probation scared to go anywhere. This meeting really shook (him up).
Troublemakers were called to a meeting at a local church, offered help to get out of the thug life or else. The letter is a follow-up.
The letter starts out, We've reviewed your criminal history and you are at risk of federal prosecution A gentle reminder: a convicted felon found with guns or ammunition can get a five year federal sentence. An impressive list of agencies support this way of doing things-- that's Cincinnati's initiative to reduce violence.
Signed Sincerely, Cincinnati Police Captain Russ Neville.
The majority of people see what they might be facing and it hits home with them. The other people don't care. You'll see them later. Well see them later.
I think its an old idea brought back and assisted by technology on the beat 50 years ago knock on the door. I still know he's living here keeping an eye on him.
Cops started doing CIRY westside-style pretty recently.
I need your help to drive down shootings for the first five months. We were getting beat up, The improvements are just from May until now.
Improvements that include a ten percent drop in robberies. Even though Captain Neville wrote that letter and even though he believes the strategy works, he can't help but knock on wood.