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Crime Rate Dropping In East Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For the seventh straight year there has been a decrease in crime in East Nashville.

In 2008, the preliminary numbers show more than an 11 percent drop.

It's the biggest drop of all the precincts. East Nashville residents said less crime is the result of residents and police working together.

Once a week, Metro police and East Nashville residents have lunch and talk. Right now, they're celebrating an 11.5 percent drop in crime.

Police said residents such as Bob Acuff deserve a lot of the credit.

"They're watching out for their neighbors, their community, amongst themselves. They're communicating with us," said East Precinct Commander Bob Nash. "We get to share information with them."

Acuff has lived in East Nashville since 1983. He started a neighborhood watch e-mail service several years ago.

Hundreds of people use it. They talk to each other and they talk to police.

"An officer told me years ago, he said, ‘You know, information not shared is just not worth much,'" Acuff said.

Police also believe the redevelopment in some of the neighborhoods has also made a difference. Dozens of people have refurbished homes.

"A lot of the houses that were boarded up and used to house crack addicts and the like have been remodeled and good families live in them," Nash said.

In 2008, East Nashville was not without crime. One of the city's highest profile murders happened there. Vanderbilt University professor Pierre Colas and his sister Marie Colas were shot and killed in a robbery.

It happened at his East Nashville home in late August.

Police arrested several suspects.

"We still have lots of work to do," Nash said. "We're celebrating some successes here, but we still have lots to do.

The numbers are preliminary, but overall crime in Nashville was down almost 2.5 percent last year. Every precinct saw a decrease except Hermitage.

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