Philadelphians Stand Against Recent Crime Wave

The citizens of Philadelphia say the recent crime wave in the city has gotten out of hand. And now they're ready to take a stand. Just a few days ago, police, aldermen, pastors and the mayor met with concerned community members about the steps they can take to help their city.

"It seems like every time you turn around, we do have something going on; if it's not B&E, it's shooting going on. And the community's ready to see a stop to all this crime going on here in town," said Staff Sergeant Adriana Peeples.

And community activists say that kind of violence has had to change the way people live.

"Women in particular have to be aware of their surroundings," activist Charlene Kirksey explained. "You have to be aware when you go to your local grocery store, your Walmart. It's basically fear."

Peeples and Kirksey have helped to start up a neighborhood watch and development program which meets twice a week and tries to solve community issues. But they say that's only the start.

Philadelphia Police say they rely on help from the public when it comes to putting a dent in those crime statistics. And the number one way citizens can help out is by simply calling if you have any information.

And Mayor James Young says when it comes to decreasing crime, he wants to reach out to the individuals who are causing so much destruction in his city.

"The sense of community, I think, makes us all want to take care of ourselves. When you have no sense of community, you don't care," Young said. "Some say, 'They don't care if I exist at all,' and when they slip into that mentality, they hurt one another."