MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - "I see them everywhere I go," says Montgomery resident, Terrance Woods.
He's noticed, Montgomery police cars seem to be everywhere.
"I see them, maybe 3 or 4 cars in a matter of seconds. Right behind each other."
The MPD says there are more officers on the roads these days because of federal grants. And - they're concentrating their resources in crime hot spots.
"We got more police officers on the street today than we've ever had in the history and they're doing a fine job," says Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange.
Strange says while violent crimes are down 15%, total crime is about the same as this time last year.
Meanwhile, Woods is doing what he can to stay safe.
"I pay attention to my surroundings. I never look down, always keep my head up and when I'm going home and it's really late at night, I make sure to have my keys in my hand for my door."
Authorities say residents have the power to control a lot of crime. Many of the incidents they see involve break-ins to unlocked vehicles.
"It was something that I hadn't thought about," says Prattville resident Gary Head.
Head came to Montgomery for a meeting recently.
When he got back to his car, he found a slip of paper from a MPD officer alerting him his car doors had been left unlocked.
"It just shows the police force is working on our behalf," says Head.
In Montgomery, 70% of all thefts from vehicles happen when doors are left unlocked. Knowing that, Head is being proactive.
"I make it more of a point to keep my car doors locked whenever I'm away from it."
The MPD started a safe summer initiative this year. One of their tasks is to patrol areas where crimes have occurred involving juveniles or weapons.