Mayor: Montgomery violent crime rates down 15%

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.

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