There will be a Community Walk in Fairmount and Peter Paul with the Richmond Police Department this evening at 5:30 PM.
Chief Alfred Durham will lead his Command Staff through the Fairmount and Peter Paul neighborhoods. During the walk, officers will speak with community members about safety concerns they may have and what they would like to see from the Richmond Police Department.
“During the first few months of 2016, these neighborhoods have experienced a 33 percent increase in property crime,” said Sector 113 Lieutenant Michael Alston.
Lt. Alston said the Fairmount and Peter Paul areas have had specific issues with thefts from motor vehicles, thefts from buildings, motor vehicle theft, shoplifting and prostitution. He explained the thefts from vehicles and buildings often stem from people leaving valuables in plain sight or not securing their cars or sheds. He noted spare keys in vehicles or cars left running have led to motor vehicle thefts in the area.
“We’re asking citizens who see suspicious activity in the area, such as an unfamiliar person or vehicle standing for a long period of time, to report it,” Lt. Alston said. “Take note of as many details as you safely can, then call the police.”
This event is the latest in a series of walks conducted by the Richmond Police Department in neighborhoods throughout the city.