7th Ward crime targeted

John Swierz

Youngstown councilman John Swierz is working with community partners to get more residents involved with the police department in an effort to prevent and solve crimes.

The 7th Ward councilman is specifically asking 7th Ward residents to contact police when they see something suspicious or have information about a crime already committed.

The Youngstown Police Department has long reported issues with getting residents to come forth with information that they feel can help them make arrests and solve crimes.

Swierz, with the help of the 7th Ward Citizen Coalition of Youngstown and The Community Initiative to Reduce Violence, unveiled a new sign campaign urging people to do the right thing. Swierz said he used about $350 from the ward’s “discretionary account” to buy the signs.

About 100 yard signs that read, “Crime. Report It. Not Support It,” are available for 7th Ward residents to place on their property.

“If we get more people involved, that’s when things get a little easier because that’s when criminals don’t want to be in areas where people are involved, ” Swierz said. “They want to go someplace where people don’t care.”

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