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Richmond Residents Reassured By Police Walk Through

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Richmond, VA—In an effort to show their commitment to making area communities safe, Lt. Darrell Goins and Richmond Police officers conducted a walk through of the Woodhaven neighborhood Monday evening.

The Woodhaven community is usually quiet, but just two month into the year, there has already been a 44 percent surge in major crimes.

Lt. Goins is determined to halt the crimes, and assured 8News "We're going to be here to fight any kind of crime that might be occurring."

A key example of why police are making sure their presence is seen and felt in the Woohaven neighborhood: just a few weeks ago, men would order food for delivery, and once it arrived, they would take the food and rob the delivery drivers before kicking them outside.

Although Lt. Goins said he thinks "we got that situation under control," he adds that there is always a need for caution.

Lt. Goins knocked on every door in the community, and residents were pleased to see him and other officers there.

"It's a goo feeling, ‘cause you get to know them one-on-one," said neighbor John Branch.

And for many residents like Louis Blakey, Jr., the officers send a clear message to criminals.

"It'll let those that would be criminals know that we are a close knit neighborhood and have an active police presence here."

Stay with 8News for updates.

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