Reidsville police see drop in violent crime since new task force formed

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REIDSVILLE, N.C. -- From homicides to gun-related incidents, Reidsville police have seen a drop in violent crime in the northwest community of the city.

Police say the drop in crime is the result of the newly formed Community Improvement Task Force which has been focusing on reducing crime in the area since early February.

From July 28 through Feb. 2, the city had an average of two aggravated assaults with a gun per month.

Since the task force formed, that number dropped to one, according to police.

Robberies have also gone down during the same time from an average of three robberies a month to one.

Reports of shots fired and homicides also went down, according to police.

“Our more serious reports are down,” said Sgt. Mike Austin.

However, drug violations in the area went up in the past month, according to police.

Austin says the task force was formed after two recent homicides, including the murder of Veronica Broadnax, a mother of five, in November.

Along with checking licenses and beefing up patrols, the task force is also trying to do community outreach.

Task force officers have held several cook outs and family activities in the area to try to build bridges with residents.

“They have a lot of activities for the children,” said Jeremy Perkins who lives on Sunset Street. “They try to get the kids involved. Try to keep them out of the streets.”

The task force will host a community meeting Thursday, March 10, to get feedback from residents.

They’ll also be part of the Stop the Violence march on the 12th.