Burlington police ask for community’s help to solve crimes

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- A few dozen people filled the Sertoma Building in Burlington's North Park Tuesday evening to talk about crime and how to stop it.

It was the Burlington Police Department's first "community conversation" to address recent gun violence in the city.

Chief Jeffrey Smythe said, by the end of the year, he expects about 35 shootings into homes -- more than any other year in the past decade.

"I grew up in this town and I'm just tired of all this killing and shooting," said one attendee who didn't want to give her name. "It wasn't like this when I grew up here. Everyone should care because this is where we live at. This is where we're raising our children, our grandchildren. You want to be safe when you walk out the door."

Chief Smythe said police need citizen involvement to solve the crimes. He asked that, if you hear or see a crime, you call 911 immediately.

He said in some of the recent crimes, because victims are not cooperating and do not wish to press charges, suspects remain free.

There are two remaining Burlington Police community conversations:

Wednesday, June 8 at the John Robert Kernodle Senior Activities Center at 1535 S. Mebane St. at 6 p.m.

Thursday, June 9 at Positive Attitude Youth Center, 229 North Graham Hopedale Road at 6 p.m.

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