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Police and citizens take on troublemakers
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- Warmer temperatures can mean more crime.
Criminals who stayed indoors during the winter come out onto the streets. In East Price Hill, the community is ready for them. People are fired up about the city's 90 Day Blitz that addresses many quality of life issues. But there is also a list of troublemakers.
Data helps drive the cruisers that patrol segments of the city's west side for ten hours a day. Segments can be as small as a block, but data shows it is where bad things happens. On a map the green outline shows a troubled East Price Hill segment. The red dots are robberies.
"That response car drives by 944 Chateau all day long, one segment where things happen over and over again. On this this block and another block that way there were 18 shootings last year," one citizen said.
Talking about the police cruising, "It interrupts their criminal activity. They have to move, when they move we move," one officer tells us.
They look out for the 200 west side troublemakers identified as the most likely to shoot or be shot. Officers know their names, what they look like, where they hang, who they hang with, what day and when.
Capt. Dan Gerard said, "We're trying to get in the offenders and have them realize something is different, actually going to quit or put down guns until they realize what it is."
Guns, lots of them, were recovered at the home of a shooting victim on that list.
"We went to suburban homes and got vast guns that were coming to district trade for drugs," he continued.
While police work on safe streets the city is going to target buildings that need to come down and lazy landlords over the next 90 days. The people of East Price Hill are fired up. 150 people are expected to be part of a cleanup on Saturday.
Meeting site for the cleanup is Holy Family, just look for the big sign that says Price Hill Pride
The city's neighborhood enhancement program is designed to jump start a community on the road to revitalization. The 90 Day Blitz in East Price Hill starts Saturday.
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