Decrease in violence, decrease in participation of community crime groups in Harrisburg

    For one Harrisburg neighborhood, a decrease in violence has also meant a decrease in participation for community crime groups.



    According to The Patriot-News, residents of an uptown neighborhood in Harrisburg say their neighborhood is much safer than it was two years ago, when the city saw 11 shootings in just a little over two weeks.

    But with the decreased crime, community leaders report their community crime-fighting groups are seeing fewer members.

    The Patriot-News reports two community groups created as a result of a violent summer of crime in 2009, saw a significant decrease in members over the last two years.

    For many in the community, the trend isn’t a surprise.  Some in the community tell The Patriot-News that neighbors need to take an active role in making sure violent crime stays out of the neighborhood.

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