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Neighborhood Cleanup Hopes To Deter Crime

Community members got down and dirty Saturday collecting litter for the kick off of the Great Savannah Cleanup. The city hopes by tidying up neighborhoods some of the crime will also be swept away. The Cuyler-Brownville community was part of this cleanup.

According to the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department's interactive crime map, from March of last year up to now there have been around 20 residential burglaries, six aggravated assaults and one homicide in the area of West 37th Street, Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., West Victory Drive and Bulloch Street.  

More than 100 volunteers came armed with gloves and trash bags ready to pick up what others have left behind. 

"I've been picking up whisky bottles, beer cans, a lot of paper and even some hub caps over on Burroughs," said Yvonne Bradshaw.

Yvonne Bradshaw has lived in the Cuyler-Brownsville area for 40 years and has witnessed the transformation.

"When I first moved here manicured yards and everything was nice but as time went on  houses are dilapidated and trash and it just makes the neighborhood go down," said Bradshaw.

Untidiness can also attract unwanted visitors. 

"The statistics prove where the degree of crime is high then littering is usually high," said Nathaniel Glover, of Keep Savannah Beautiful.

Lawrence Reynolds, a Cuyler-Brownsville neighborhood association member, said the organization is trying to reach out to the younger generation so they understand the importance of sidewalk appeal.

"If we see any of our youth or anybody coming through the neighborhood throwing down trash we let them know it's not right," said Reynolds.

Bradshaw said while it was nice to see Armstrong Atlantic State University students pitching in it would have been great to see more from her own community.

"It makes me kind of sad because it's like people don't care you know. If they picked the trash up, keep the neighborhood clean, we feel better, I'm sure they feel better and I'm sure the neighborhood would be better," said Reynolds.

The Great Savannah Cleanup runs through June 30th targeting different neighborhoods. If you are interested in getting the city's help in tidying up a neighborhood, the community has to help provide labor and the city will bring bags, gloves, and dispose of the trash.

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