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Mayor talks crime after State of the City address

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Mayor Teresa Tomlinson talked about crime after the State of the City address. News Three's Naomi Keitt asked the mayor about the crime rates and crimes committed by juveniles.

Keith Gavin says his tenant is an older man who lives alone and is being targeted.

"They're stealing his tv, stealing everything he owns, and they've multiple times pushed him to the ground," said Keith Gavin.

Gavin says his tenant is scared for his safety. They mayor addressed some concerns about crime in the area after her state of the city address Tuesday.

"Yes there are too many youth involved in crime and we really don't yet as a state or a nation have a good answer for that, but on a community level we certainly work with some community partners to try and given children other opportunities," said Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.

The mayor says though some crimes have increased over 2013. The overall crime rate has decreased in the past 10 years but it still hits home for many in our area.

"There's probably been 6-8 different events that's taken place probably and the police have been called," said Gavin.

The mayor says they are trying to reduce the number of violent crimes for this year. She says those type of crimes tend to be contagious.

"When you have one, you have one almost immediately after. It's either retaliatory or it's because people have seen that recent violence and feel that that's acceptable to act out in that way," said the mayor.

The mayor says the department will bring in programs like CURE Violence and use their intelligence policing software to put officers where they need to be in order to curb crime.

Naomi Keitt

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