Community members respond to SPD crime reports

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Although Shreveport police say crime has gone down since the second quarter in 2017, some in the community are still are not at ease.

“I feel like somebody is going to mug me, somebody gone attack me. I don’t feel safe not even in my own house. I have been here just about all my life and I still feel like crime is still up,” said Deloris Johnson who lives in Queensborough.

We showed her the homicide numbers from the police department’s report.

“The start of this year up to now, it shows that we are down 25%,” said Chief Alan Crump in a press conference about crime Tuesday.

There were two homicides reported this year in Johnson’s neighborhood.

Johnson is still not convinced there’s a decline.

“Young kids, babies, adults and everyone getting shot up,” said Johnson.

Highland and Stoner Hill is reported to have the highest homicide rate this year with 3.

Also these communities have the highest robbery numbers this year with 23.

We caught up with retired veteran Ralphe Ridley, who lives in Highland.

He says he’s a victim.

“They mugged me for 428 dollars.” It’s hard for him to believe the crime stats as well. I thought I have seen the crime rate go down. I hear gun shots every night,” said Ridley.

Chief Crump says his officers are doing their best.

“I want to assure you that we are concerned about what concerns you. We try to investigate crime. There’s a process and I know sometimes when people are victimized that’s not what they want to hear,” said Crump.

Chief Crump says the city will begin hosting meetings to further engage people in the community.

The first meeting is set for tomorrow.

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