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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The City of Columbus released its five-year crime statistics report, and the numbers show crime has decreased compared to recent years.
Police Chief Fred Shelton held a news conference Thursday morning in which he broke the numbers down.
Police Chief Fred Shelton | Photo Date: Dec. 5, 2019
As for the drop, he credits an increase in patrols, better technology, the Drug Task Force and the public's help.
Police Cpl. Eric Lewis said officers and citizens need to establish a trusting relationship to keep the statistics low.
They hope to keep 2019’s numbers low as the year concludes.
"Anytime there's anything suspicious going on, especially around the holidays, the crime level is going to rise because of opportunity,” Lewis said. “If you see anything suspicious or have any questions about anything, just dial 911 or go to the new app SeeClickFix."
The mobile app launched in Columbus a few weeks ago to help citizens.
The Police chief said the app will help crime rates remain low.
Police officers will continue to make a presence in businesses and on the streets.
The Department has a brand-new mobile command center at the local Walmart store; it will eventually be moved to nearby Leigh Mall.