Davidson Coalition Against Violence works to face crime in the county

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A group of concerned Davidson County residents want to find solutions to the number of violent crimes in their community.

The Davidson Coalition Against Violence is a community-based organization which focuses on deterrence, which targets a specified crime problem by applying strategies or tactics.

“And the community is tired of the violent crime that’s going on,” said Robert Martin of Project Safe Neighborhood in Davidson County.

The group works on strategizing, analyzing crime information, understanding local network, community engagement and offering assistance and resources to offenders who chooses to turn their lives around.

“When there`s a violent incident …, (we) go out as one team into the community and let the community know that there`s been a violent act in your neighborhood and that the police department and sheriff`s department has your back. They are there for you, and they care about you,” said Martin.

With the recent uptick in violent crimes in the county, residents want to find a solution. On THursday, deputies responded to a shooting on Jamaica Drive where two people were injured. On Tuesday, FOX8 learned of a group of teens accused of breaking into several homes in the Arcadia community. A suspect also took police on a chase in Thomasville after a driver swerved when he realized he drove off the road and ended up hitting a trampoline with children on it.

The task force, which is made up of state and federal law enforcement agencies, will target the most violent crime offenders and offer them resources like jobs and rehabilitation programs.

“We’re working to try to get them the resources that they need to … get them to have a better life or the flipside of that is if you do not listen to the message then it’s our job to put you in jail for as long as possible to keep you off the streets because that makes the community safe,” said Martin.

The Davidson Coalition Against Violence needs more people to get involved.

The group has a meeting scheduled on Monday at 10 a.m. at the Goodwill Career Connections Center in Lexington.

They plan to share detailed information about the program.

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