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Greensboro police begin walk and talk efforts to stop crime, reach out

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro police began their fall efforts to reduce crime in the city and improve community relations. Police and volunteers are walking around neighborhoods and talking with residents. Police started this after community members expressed a need to see officers outside of emergency situations.

"It's a nice change of pace to get out into the communities and actually talk with folks in a very non-stressful situation. Most of the time when we are talking with the citizens they are victims of a crime, they are needing to report something, it's a high stress encounter," explained Officer Greg Kiser.

Thursday, police visited an apartment complex off West Friendly Avenue where car break-ins are common. Police handed out cards with advice on how people can avoid being a victim of a break-in.

"They're trying to stop the crime in the area and really make sure things are safe," said Yaletta Littlejohn. She says it's comforting to have officers stop by. "Especially me -- I'm here by myself, I'm single, on the first floor, so I want to feel safe," she said.

To schedule a walk and talk event in your neighborhood, contact the Greensboro Police Department.