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Salisbury's Safe Streets Coalition Gets Fifth Grant

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SALISBURY, Md.-Crime fighting gets a $260,000 boost in Salisbury.

Governor Martin O' Malley's Office of Crime Control & Prevention awarded the grant to the city's Safe Streets Coalition.  It's part of $1.5 million in funding the city's police department has been getting over the last four and a half years.

And that investment has paid off," Duncan said before a press conference on Thursday, "we have a tremendous coalition and we have some big partners who have been working with us on this problem and the results are paying off."

Those results are what Duncan referred to as curbing all sorts of neighborhood crimes since 2009.

"We have over a 50 percent reduction in our violent crime, compared to where we started back in 2009, so this is outstanding news," Duncan added.That's something Salisbury business owner, Hebrew St. Fleur said gives him a peace of mind.

"They always police going around the property. My property has been safe and I haven't lost anything in the past seven years so I am very proud of the government," St. Fleur said.

Meanwhile James Justice said he questions where and how exactly the money has been used in past years. Justice believes that help of this kind isn't being utilized wisely.

"I think there needs to be more recreation centers around here for kids to keep the kids out of trouble and have more activities for them, maybe outreach programs anything for the kids," Justice said.

Tyarie Yarns who is a mother of seven said she also believes that not enough is being done to keep her neighborhood safe.

"Not when you're afraid that somebody is going to come into your home in the middle of the night," Yarns said, "not when there is loss of life, so many families are hurting because of what's happening out in the streets."

Chief Duncan said there is proof that Safe Streets is and has been working.  Here is a breakdown of the latest crime numbers:

Overall there has been a 52.3 percent reduction in violent crime.  Robberies and burglaries are down 49 and 62 percent respectively. Aggravated assaults have decreased by 55 percent. Larceny and theft is down 31 percent and motor vehicle thefts have been reduced by 56 percent.

Duncan said that this latest round of funds will go toward getting a paid prosecutor, a full-time crime analyst and a program coordinator.

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