25th Avenue Crime on the Rise


Meridian, Miss. "Part of our crime intervention techniques we're using, is trying to saturate these areas where we have seen crime higher than in other parts of town."

One of those areas Captain Dean Harper says the Meridian Police Department tries to focus on is 25th Avenue, especially between 11th and 20th Streets.

Since last August, there have been 6 separate incidents of violent crime on that stretch of 25th Avenue alone. Those include drive-by shootings, stabbings, shootings, and armed robberies. Several people we spoke to off camera say they don't feel safe here anymore, but one man who agreed to be interviewed on camera has lived here since 1982, and says the neighborhood has changed dramatically since then.

Lorenzo Fountain says, "There's a lot of stuff that's going on that shouldn't be going on. You never know what could happen in this neighborhood."

Harper says that due to manpower issues, they can't be everywhere all the time, and that helps feed the crime problem.

"We may saturate one neighborhood for a week or two, and then move to another one. The bad guy knows when we're actually there or not, so if we've moved off to another neighborhood, they'll reappear in areas that we've sort of cleaned up."

The investigation into the area's most recent incident Tuesday night is continuing, and one or both of the people involved may be charged.


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