Watson Temple Institutional Church of God in Christ sits in the heart of Frenchtown, an area deemed a hot spot for crime.
“The church van, someone stole the Cadillac converter off of one of our vans and also broke into the church almost a month ago,” said church member Johnny Lewis.
A recent crime report released by Tallahassee Police reflects Lewis’s story.
Both robberies and burglaries have gone up since 2015.
Now city leaders want to see how they can bring these numbers down.
“We’re looking at taking a comprehensive approach to addressing that issue. In this year’s budget, we budgeted for additional police officers, we’ve hired young people during the summer to take them off the street when they’ve got idle time,” said City of Tallahassee Commissioner Curtis Richardson.
Richardson adds, the city will also continue its anti-crime initiative from last summer. Officials will continue doing community outreach in high crime neighborhoods which includes Frenchtown, south city, and providence.
“Not policing to put people in jail but again to build relationships with the community, to make people comfortable in reporting crime and to police their own neighborhood”, said Richardson.
That’s a statement. Many community members can agree with. They said for crime to decrease, people must be willing to speak out against the violence.
It cannot be them. It has to be us. So when we come together as a team, as a unit, as one, as a whole I think change will take place. It’s not he, she or they. It’s we,” said Tallahassee Resident Mark Cunningham.
On a more positive note that report also shows areas like homicides, sex crimes, and aggravated assaults have gone down from last year.
The City Commission will discuss this report in depth at a community safety workshop.
That’ll take place on Wednesday may 18th from 1 to 3 pm at City Hall.