Shootings prompt Hampton to hold special meeting on crime

Shootings prompt Hampton to hold special meeting on crime

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A woman was killed in the parking lot of this Hampton shopping center in early July.

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by 13News Now

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Posted on July 15, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 15 at 9:37 AM

HAMPTON-The shooting of two young children and the murder of a woman in a shopping center parking lot this month have spurred Hampton City leaders to hold a special meeting on crime.  

The Tuesday, July 16 meeting will look at measures that would help police and other departments crack down on crime, including making officers more visible in known troublespots,  surveillance cameras, stepped-up codes enforcement and increased neighborhood outreach and support.

There's been a 12% decrease in violent crimes and property crimes year-to-date, compared with 2012, police said.

The recent shootings are troubling.

“This is not the kind of community that Hampton is, and we will not tolerate these kinds of illegal acts,” said City Manager Mary Bunting. “We intend to take swift action.”

Police say statistics show that there has been a 12% decrease in violent crimes and property crimes year-to-date, compared with 2012.

This increased public safety action occurs in tandem with efforts by a volunteer group looking at broader ways the community can address and prevent youth violence in the long term.

The meeting is at noon in City Council Chambers on the 8th floor of City Hall at 22 Lincoln St.  

Police are still looking for suspects in the shooting of two children on Childs Avenue. A suspect has been named in the Coliseum Crossing shooting.

Anyone with information on any crime can call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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