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Residents Meet to Keep Community Safe

PEORIA - Residents in the nearby area are searching for ways to make their community safer.
PEORIA - Residents in the nearby area are searching for ways to make their community safer.
First district councilwoman Denise Moore hosted the forum at the Peoria Friendship House.
In the last month, near north side residents have witnessed a homicide and Tuesday’s police standoff in their community. But those were not the main issues at Wednesday’s meeting.
Dozens of residents and police officers discussed ways to solve the problems the community is facing. Burglaries, theft and property damage are the big issues in the community. With burglaries and motor vehicle thefts on the rise, many think police and residents need to step up their watch.
Also, many in attendance say the city needs to give more support to the growing Spanish speaking community in the area.
Moore says the goals are attainable.
"Some of the gang activity that's happening up and down alleys. Some of the tagging on some of the businesses and windows being broken out. Things like that that we need to address. Some of the youth that are just running through the community causing trouble. And that's something we can get a handle on,” said Moore.
In 2013, there are nine more burglaries, six more motor vehicle thefts than last year. A homicide in early October was the first in the area in nearly two years. All other criminal categories are down.
Moore says follow up information will be provided to the residents.
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