RPD community walk encourages residents to speak out against crime

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police held a community walk Tuesday night after revealing that almost 200 guns were stolen from cars in the city last year.

Richmond Police officers went to the Cedarhurst neighborhood to speak with residents on how they can reduce crime. The walk began at Reed Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

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“This is the easiest way for people that don’t generally get a day to day interaction with citizens, unlike our patrol officers,” Lt. Brian Prendergast said.

Police said the Cedarhurst neighborhood is one of many areas in the city experiencing theft from vehicles. During the walk, police spoke with community members about safety concerns and what they would like to see from RPD.

“If we would take the time to either lock our vehicles or hide the objects that are the temptation for the thieves then that is where we have our problems,” Lt. Brian Prendergast added.

The latest battle for RPD has been sweeping stolen guns off the street. 

“Obviously, it’s very frustrating for us as a police department because those are guns that don’t have to be on the street,” Lt. Brian Prendergast said.

Lynne Evans told 8News community walks allow officials and faith leaders like herself to help residents deal with the impact of gun violence in the city.

“We go door to door and ask them what their worries are and what they’re pressing concerns are and we have resource guides,” Evans said.

One guide called ‘Reset’ contains a list of phone numbers to help people traumatized by incidents, such as homicides.

More walks are expected to be conducted by the Richmond Police Department in neighborhoods throughout the city.

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