Major crimes up in one Richmond sector | News
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT)- Richmond Police say violent incidents and property crimes are up in neighborhoods on both sides of the river. They believe the bigger problems in Sector 112 last month happened in the south side.
Those increases are in some serious crime categories. Aggravated assaults were up 80 percent when compared to August of 2011. Robberies are up 200 percent and property crimes are up more than 40 percent, when compared to the same time period last year.
After a tough August, authorities are trying to combat the increase in major crimes.
"Every citizen should have a reasonable expectation to sit on their front porch, to not have to view illegal activity, to have their children walk to school without seeing evidence of any illicit overnight activities," Sector 112 Lt. Jason Hudson explained.
Many Richmonders are looking for an explanation for the increase. NBC12 asked Lt. Hudson for his theories.
"They're making us aware of these events that they might not have otherwise done so in the past and it's the summer time and people are out," he said. "There might be some arguments that lead to other things."
Hudson says with the difficult and dangerous month of August, RPD is being proactive by reaching out to the community and making its presence known.
So far, the department has cleared more than half of the robbery and assault cases.
One of the more dangerous guys they've gotten off the streets is a teenager. He was arrested on an aggravated malicious wounding charge after a shooting and robbery at 1400 Harwood Street at the end of the month.
Jujuan Green was arrested after a robbery on Southlawn Avenue. Paul Johnson and Nicholas Yarborough were arrested for separate robberies allegedly involving guns on Jefferson Davis Highway.
Police are encouraging citizens to band together against them and other criminals, by creating neighborhood watch groups.
"It lets the criminal element know there are people that want to have their neighborhood safe that will make every effort to work with us," Hudson maintained.
The department will help create the groups. Call 646-0407 for more information.
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