Meetings in Ocean Springs, Gulfport to address crime across the coast

Neighborhood watch meeting in Gulfport

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Community meetings to help areas across the Gulf Coast are being held Thursday. Both Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers and a Gulfport community are hosting meetings to discuss a recent uptick in crime and how residents can protect themselves.

In Ocean Springs, the Crime Stoppers organization and the Lions Club will host a community meeting on how to protect homes from burglars, how to spot gang activity, and what to do if you see suspicious people or a possible criminal who is wanted by authorities. They will also address the opioid crisis that is sweeping the country and teach people how to recognize the signs that someone is on drugs. Lori Massey, the regional director for Crime Stoppers, will be the featured speaker.

That meeting will be held Thursday at noon at Aunt Jenny's Restaurant, located at 1217 Washington Ave. in Ocean Springs. It is free and open to the public.

Another meeting taking place Thursday is in Gulfport's College Park community. Residents in that area are growing increasingly concerned about the rise in crime throughout the neighborhood.

In the last 60 days, Gulfport Police reports 93 incidents of crime in College Park, which is off Cowan Road. That's according to the crime mapping software the city uses to pinpoint crime reports. The map shows the exact locations of crimes, ranging from assault, burglary, vehicle break-ins, larceny, drugs, alcohol and more.

A neighborhood watch group will hold a meeting to address the recent rash of crime they are experiencing. That meeting will be Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Handsboro Community Center, located at 1890 Switzer Road in Gulfport. Everyone who lives in the College Park area is welcome to attend.

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