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New study: Fewer violent crimes in Gulfport

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The numbers are in and Gulfport Police say violent crime is down in their city. A new crime report details crime trends over the past six months.

Some people who live in Gulfport say the numbers could be even lower with more community involvement.

Biloxi River Estates is one of many Gulfport communities that's had its fair share of crime.

"Within a mile from here, we've had murder, rape, suicide, meth, a lot of things," Fannie Favre said.

It's been 40 years since Fannie Favre and her husband bought their home in the growing community. After years of crime and corruption, she decided to get involved.

"We cannot expect a finite number of police officers to patrol every inch and every area of the city of Gulfport," Favre said.

"You have to be a part of it," Officer James Griffin said. "You have to say, 'I'm not going to tolerate this because these type of activities are bringing down our communities.'"

Officer Griffin leads the juvenile services with the police department. He believes it takes more than a badge and a gun to protect South Mississippi communities.

"We all work together. And if we're not working together to get things taken care of, we're not going to get crime solved," Griffin said.

"We hear so much about crime is occurring and it's out of control. Twenty years ago we didn't have this, but if you go back and look at burglaries 20 years ago and look at the numbers today, it says it all," Gulfport Police Chief Alan Weatherford said.

Chief Weatherford said the number of violent crimes are down. In fact, homicides, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults are down 43 percent, compared to this time last year.

"With everything that we are doing and what our citizens are doing, we are making a difference," Weatherford said.

He hopes with more community support from people like Fannie Favre, those numbers will continue to improve throughout the city of Gulfport.

"We've got bad people living out here and we know that. But slowly and surely with the help of the police department, they're moving away because they know that we're watching them," Favre said.

The results from both the six-month crime report and the 48-year trends study are available online. Click on the direct links above, or visit www.gulfport-ms.gov/police/.

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