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Cutting Crime With Communication

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - South Nashville residents and Metro police say an open dialogue is the key to making the community safer.

Police and residents gathered to talk about areas that need to improve.

Residents said they love living in South Nashville. Overall, they said police do a good job.

But South Nashville is not perfect.

Home and work are supposed to be where people feel the safest. For the most part, South Nashville residents said that's the case.

But no place is immune to crime.

"Well there's crime everywhere - south, east, west, north," said resident Steven Fisher. "We've had our share. So we're concerned about what's going on particularly in this area."

On Thursday night, Fisher and dozens of concerned South Nashville residents met with police.

"You need people who want to be active.  And because of what's going on in this area," Fisher said. "I think they've done a great part of including us."

Fisher said police have kept an open dialogue, which includes daily e-mails to alert residents and business owners about where crime is happening and how to prevent it.

"By the essence of our job we have to be reactive sometime," said South Precinct Commander Michael Alexander. "By the nature of the game however, I believe it's our job to reach out and be proactive in every measure that we can.  And that's really what this is all about."

Police said compared to last year, overall crime is down in the precinct.

But statistics can only comfort so much.

"So why we celebrate that crime has gone down, we never lose sight of the fact that we have too many people in our community who are being victimized by repeat offenders," said Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas.

Neighbors such as Fisher agree.

"There's always room for improvement," he said. "Doesn't matter. There's always room to improve."

Police and residents said communication is the key to making their community safe and keeping crooks off the streets.

Police said the neighborhood watch groups also play an important role in crime prevention.

There are 80 such organizations in South Nashville; 14 of them were formed within the last year.

Police said compared to last year the number of traffic stops are up in the South Precinct. Police said the officers are keeping the streets safer and many times arresting people who are running from outstanding warrants.

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