Neighbors organize crime walk

Murray Hill neighbors and police talk about reducing crime


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Fed up with rising crime rates in their neighborhood, Murray Hill residents organized a crime walk Saturday morning.

Murray Hill resident, Donna Troup, owns a business in the area near Post and Edgewood and told News4JAX there have been a lot of residential burglaries in the area.

The neighborhood walk included the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office lieutenants. They talked to people about the growing crime rate in the area.

JSO's crime-mapping website shows, within a one-mile area of Murray Hill, there was burglary every three days between February first and July 29 of this year, on average.

Troup told News4Jax that people have started using the website Nextdoor.com, a social networking site that allows you to keep up with what’s happening in the area. It is also available as a phone application.

"I'm seeing people on 'Nextdoor' say that people are running down the street," Troup said, "it's gotta stop."
Troup also said residents in the North Murray Hill area are afraid to call police for fear of retaliation.

"If they do, something may happen to them," she said. "I'm trying to prevent that over here."

Participants then met at True Vine Mnistries Church to discuss crime concerns in the community and how to work towards a solution.

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