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Police Launch New Safety Initiative In South Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Police have set up a new tip line for people in South Nashville. It's different from Crime Stoppers, but could make all the difference for the residents in the area. 

Pam Simmons edits the Crieve Hall Neighborhood News. She loves living in the South Nashville neighborhood. 

"We put out a quarterly publication, a 16 page newsletter. These are our current and last issues, and it goes to our 2,700 households," said Simmons. "Everybody takes a lot of pride in this neighborhood." 

Simmons writes stories on the people who first built here in the early 1960s. She also pens articles about crime prevention, and why it's important for neighbors to be proactive and be on the look out for criminals. 

"That's what the police department tells us that's how you catch them. Be a nosy neighbor and if you see anything out of place don't be embarrassed to call," said Simmons. "We do try to watch out for each other." 

The South Precinct has opened another line of communication for people who want to be involved in protecting their families and property. 

It's a new tip line just for people who live in the precinct. You can leave a tip about crime or neighborhood issues at 880-3816. Police said they will check the messages daily. 

"It's not something to replace 74-CRIME or 244-DOPE.  It's just another tool for us to be able to give to the community, to let them know hey we cannot do this job without them," said Suzanne Stephens with the Metro Nashville Police Department. 

Soon the answering system will also include Spanish, and the messages will be forwarded to the precinct's El Protector officer. 

The number is just for South Nashville residents.

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